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What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?

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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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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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)?

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?

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 Prozac (fluoxetine) make physical pain worse?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) make physical pain worse?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Not uncommon initial reaction to Prozac (fluoxetine) due to elevation in serotonin levels, subsides with time. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take 20 mg of Prozac every other day?

Definitely : This regimen will simply level out as if taking 10 MGM ever day- many people w depression and good coping skills or cbt will do well w this lower dose ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) lead to violent behaviour?

Not usually: Prozac (fluoxetine) is an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety medication that generally improves frustration tolerance and irritability often helping those with anger be less likely to reach a breaking point. Sometimes side effects occur and can include worsening mood or irritability which can increase the risk of aggressiveness. If this is happening get with your doctor as an adjustment or switch may be needed. ...Read more

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How long would Prozac (fluoxetine) take to kick in?

2 to 8 weeks: The initial improvement is usually felt at least on some day within two to 4 weeks. If used for ocd, significant improvement can take up to 12 weeks. In severe pms it can work within a day or two because it is working through a different mechanism. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get off prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): A slow, steady decrease in dosage, as per your doctor's orders, is the best way to stop using prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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