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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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My dr. Lowered my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg to 10mg. Because of the half life does this mean I will have more in my system and if so for how long?

My dr. Lowered my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg to 10mg. Because of the half life does this mean I will have more in my system and if so for how long?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Yes Prozac (fluoxetine) has a longer half life of approximately 5-7 days, eliminated usually in several weeks. Because of this yes, dose adjustments may delay change in symptoms if doing so for side effect reasons. ...Read more

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Do I have to take Prozac (fluoxetine) for the rest of my life?

Do I have to take Prozac (fluoxetine) for the rest of my life?

Depends...: The answer is "maybe", if you suffer from chronic major depression and you have not responded well to any other antidepressant, psychotherapy or electroconvulsive therapy and you are significantly improved only by prozac (fluoxetine).
This is very unlikely as new treatments and medications are always being developed and depression is sometimes self-limiting. ...Read more

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My girlfriien said she was on Prozac (fluoxetine) temporarily. That was a year ago. Now she takes two pills every morning. Sex life is a dud. If a woman can't come?

My girlfriien said she was on Prozac (fluoxetine) temporarily. That was a year ago. Now she takes two pills every morning. Sex life is a dud. If a woman can't come?

Antidotes: There are several things out there that help as antidotes to the sexual dysfunction caused by serotonin reuptake inhibitors like prozac (fluoxetine). Suggest to your girlfriend that she ask the doctor who prescribed her the Prozac (fluoxetine) for suggestions for antidotes, and if the psychiatrist is not familiar with these, suggest she someone with psychopharmacology specialized experience. ...Read more

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Started on Prozac (fluoxetine) for ocd+anxiety a couple of mos ago. Lately been feeling very happy all the time, I feel so lucky & I love my life. Is this normal?

Yes, but: It is OK to feel good, and love your life. However, if you are concerned you are having a Mania episode, triggered by the fluoxetine, you need to talk to your provider immediately. Have the provider assess you for mania or hypomania; if you do not have these, then you are doing very well! Be safe, and talk to your provider. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) not just cover up the reality of life? How can one have an emotional relationship on prozac (fluoxetine)? The depth is gone, she is just level, non feeli

Multifaceted issue: Interesting question, with mulitple perspectives. Prozac (fluoxetine) can help manage depressive and anxiety symptoms quite well. Maybe this seems to you, a little too well. I've seen people whose depressions were so severe they could not relate to others at all. For these, Prozac (fluoxetine) and others can open up whole worlds of possibility - allowing experiences of interpersonal connection, communication, and care. ...Read more

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I don't know how much more anxiety and depresion I can take. I'm on anxiety Adderall and prozac (fluoxetine). I'm 20. Such a waste of life and potential. What do I do?

I don't know how much more anxiety and depresion I can take. I'm on anxiety Adderall and prozac (fluoxetine). I'm 20. Such a waste of life and potential. What do I do?

It can be difficult: Anxiety can be quite difficult to treat. You have to be careful with addderall because it can worsen anxiety and the dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety is usually higher...Talk to your doctor. Also, a good diet, plenty of sleep and psychotherapy can help. Don't give up...Be patient...Anxiety can be controlled but it will take patience. ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) is making me MORE depressed and causing me to lose interest in the love/dating/relationship part of my life. HELP!

An issue: Sometimes medications like Prozac (fluoxetine) (an SSRI) can blunt libido, sexual function and desire. There is a concern for some people it can create feelings of apathy. This is frequently related to dose or specific medication. Helen Fisher, PhD http://www. Helenfisher. Com/ has raised concerns that SSRIs might affect attachment and bonding, given there is overlap with brain systems for sex and love. ...Read more

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Taking 10mg Prozac for PMS. No depression at all. Will this interfere with my genuine zest for life? How likely is low libido? I have good libido now :)

Taking 10mg Prozac for PMS. No depression at all. Will this interfere with my genuine zest for life? How likely is low libido? I have good libido now :)

Prozac: If the Prozac is not impacting your libido currently - would not anticipate that it would on this dose. It is very unlikely to interfere with your zest for life. Take care. ...Read more

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I was taking Prozac and wellbutrin (bupropion). Started feeling very nonchalant about life and it scared me. Stopped pro and started Zoloft. Same issue. Ideas?

I was taking Prozac and wellbutrin (bupropion). Started feeling very nonchalant about life and it scared me. Stopped pro and started Zoloft. Same issue. Ideas?

What is nonchalant?: I read both of your questions and it sounds like you suffer from depression which is helped with medication, when you say nonchalant about life, do you mean less worried and uptight? If that is the case, it is a good thing. But it sounds like you it worried you. What was the scary part of that feeling! ...Read more

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Bupro+sertra caused excessive daytime sleepiness, >10mon, Prozac (fluoxetine) worse, fully interacted with my life. Please guide me. Grateful.

Bupro+sertra caused excessive daytime sleepiness, >10mon, Prozac (fluoxetine) worse, fully interacted with my life. Please guide me. Grateful.

Unusual problem: Bupropion (wellbutrin), sertraline (zoloft), and Prozac (fluoxetine) are usually activating antidepressants. Excessive daytime sleepiness is uncommon with any of them, but is more likely from the ssris (sertraline and fluoxetine). It may be that bupropion by itself would not cause this side-effect. Best to discuss this with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Could reason from insomnia be due to abilify (aripiprazole)? Only took 5 mg but. Three days later took Prozac with seroquel and read Prozac increases half life abili

Could reason from insomnia be due to abilify (aripiprazole)? Only took 5 mg but. Three days later took Prozac with seroquel and read Prozac increases half life abili

Yes: Prozac does increase the blood level of abilify (aripiprazole). Especially if you get restless legs you can develop insomnia. I have however seen people develop insomnia from Abilify (aripiprazole) even without having restlessness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I live a full life as long as I control my high bp? 19, female. Anxiety and Stage 1 hbp. Prozac (fluoxetine) and metoprolol tartrate. Will I die young?

Can I live a full life as long as I control my high bp? 19, female. Anxiety and Stage 1 hbp. Prozac (fluoxetine) and metoprolol tartrate. Will I die young?

Try not to worry: It is important to keep the blood pressure under control. Having regular check ups and staying on your medicine is important. Also, plenty of rest and exercise and eating right is important. Find ways to de-stress yourself and not distress yourself. You can live a long healthy life! Best wishes! ...Read more

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Agitated sad depressed hot tempered shaky nausea day 2 on lovan (prozac) I hate life?

Agitated sad depressed hot tempered shaky nausea day 2 on lovan (prozac) I hate life?

Depression Prozac (fluoxetine): These are uncomfortable symptoms.
It is possible that you had these symptoms before starting prozac, (fluoxetine) and symptoms became intense after starting prozac, (fluoxetine)
please see your psychiatrist soon, discuss treatment modalities for your depression.
Depression is treatable with good results. Care for your life! ...Read more

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What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?

SSRI antidepresant: Its been around a while now, but pretty revolutionary when it first came out. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor most commonly used to treat depression. The ssris were a big step forward due to far less side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants that were the main treatment for depression prior to that. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

DEPENDS: For the right illness Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very effective. Indicated for depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, ocd, pmdd. ...Read more

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How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I stop Prozac (fluoxetine)?

How do I stop Prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If you mean "How do I wean myself off Prozac (fluoxetine)? " the general rule is to work with your prescribing physician to help you taper off gradually. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY STOP TAKING IT. ...Read more

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Can you take 200 mg of prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): 20 mg., yes, not 200mg. This is the average recommended daily dose. ...Read more

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How long Prozac (fluoxetine) could be taken?

Depression: Each patient is different. Many people are on that medication for several years. When a patient starts on this medication patient should stay on it for 6 to 9 months after that they try to wean the patient off the medication gradually. See you doctor. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on prozac (fluoxetine)?

What is your opinion on prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): I agree with drs. Ali and satinover that Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very useful when prescribed and re-assessed carefully. However, I believe it (and other antidepressants) can be over-prescribed too. I have seen non-psychiatrists (as well as psychiatrists) jump to prescription pads when a patient weeps or tells of grief following a death. Not every tear signifies depression requiring prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) make you gain weight?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) make you gain weight?

Not necessarily.: Some people gain weight on prozac (fluoxetine). Some people lose weight on prozac (fluoxetine). There is no significant change in weight for many people who use prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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What conditions can Prozac (fluoxetine) treat?

What conditions can Prozac (fluoxetine) treat?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms of depression, OCD, Anxiety, PMS, etc. ...Read more

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Can 90mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) is safe to take?

High dose prozac (fluoxetine): That dose may not be safe. I have never had a patient on 90 mgs per day. There are a lot of other strategies a board certified psychiatrist would generally have and be able to apply in the case of someone needing ultra high doses of medications. ...Read more

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Can you take 40mg Prozac (fluoxetine) as needed?

Won't fix depression: Antidepressants all need to be taken on a regular daily basis to work as antidepressants. The usual daily dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) is 20 mg, but some people need more. Prozac is sometimes prescribed instead for pms symptoms, in which case it need not be taken continuously. The dosing is best discussed in person with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) at bedtime?

Is it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) at bedtime?

Depends on you: The timing doesn't change the effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) on depression, anxiety, or panic attacks. But Prozac tends to be "activating" and might disturb sleep if taken at bedtime. Most patients take it after their first food of the day, e.g., after breakfast. Rarely, patients find it sedating instead of activating, and then it's best to take it at bedtime. ...Read more

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Can you take ACE pills with prozac (fluoxetine)?

Ace pills: I would not recommend those weight control supplements with prozac, (fluoxetine) due to worsening of anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more