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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

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 it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) and levofloxin together?

Is it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) and levofloxin together?

DON' T: No contraindications but as a general rule, try taking any antibiotics or short term medication by itself so as to prevent interactions with other meds which may also make it less efficacious. ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) and carnicia gambogia together?

Avoid garcinia: Avoid garcinia cambogia. It has not been shown to do anything useful, and it may negatively affect the liver. Why would anyone want to use it?

There appears to be no interaction between these two substances. ...Read more

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Do people who take Prozac (fluoxetine) tend to lose a lot of weight?

Do people who take Prozac (fluoxetine) tend to lose a lot of weight?

People Lose A Little: Patients tend to lose about one pound compared to people who are on placebo who gain a little bit each year. This is why Prozac (fluoxetine) is acceptable (and is also effective) for patients with bulimia.
http://www. Accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2003/018936s064lbl. Pdf. ...Read more

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How long does it take Prozac (fluoxetine) to reach the best possible result?

How long does it take Prozac (fluoxetine) to reach the best possible result?

Usually 6 weeks.: It takes at least 3 weeks for medications like Prozac and lexapro (escitalopram) to start working well. Usually if you feel better but not 100% in about 4-6 weeks, the dose needs to be increased. If it is not helping at all, it may be the wrong medication, and you should follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does it make a difference if you take Prozac (fluoxetine) at bedtime or morning?

Not really: For some people, Prozac (fluoxetine) is activating -- so best to take it in the morning. Most important is to pick the same time every day so that you remember to take it. ...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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Is it possible to take melatonin if you take prozac (fluoxetine)?

Is it possible to take melatonin if you take prozac (fluoxetine)?

Generally yes: Generally, unless there is specific reason you have been told not to, people can take both melatonin and Prozac (fluoxetine) without significant interaction. If you are concerned, talk to the doctor prescriing the prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Can you really take Prozac (fluoxetine) with any appetite suppressants?

Can you really take Prozac (fluoxetine) with any appetite suppressants?

Yes: However Prozac like any ssri has a potential to cause weight gain, wellbutrin (bupropion) or viiibryd may be better alternatives for people who are focused in keeping weight off. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take Prozac (fluoxetine) on and off / inconsistently?

Prozac (fluoxetine) use: Should be undertaken for management of a specific well defined condition (major depression) or as an adjunct to bipolar disorder. Intermittent use is not recommended for a number of reasons. It can in be used in rare instances to help with coming off another SSRI antidepressant. Because it is inaffective in short term use (it takes 10 to 25 days to work and may require dose titration) ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) and propranolol? I'm on 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) and have 20mg of propranolol but haven't taken them together.

Monitor: Both are cleared by the liver so taking them together will enhance the effectiveness of each drug. Nothing will happen with Prozac (fluoxetine) but the Propranolol might cause lower blood pressure and lower heart rate. That being said, the current Propranolol dose is low so I don't suspect anything will happen. Just monitor your blood pressure and heart rate initially. If all is good, then you are ok. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women take Prozac (fluoxetine)?

Can pregnant women take Prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It is category C pregnancy drug, hence benefits have to outweigh risks, & the patient is closely monitored throughout pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) with a.C.E. Diet pills?

Yes: There is no problem taking any ssri antidepressant with the diet pills. These appear to contain caffeine and cocoa, which can increase anxiety. But they do not react with medicines like prozac (fluoxetine). If you take Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety, though, be aware of the amount of caffeine you use. ...Read more

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Do you take Prozac (fluoxetine) for their anxiety disorder?

Do you take Prozac (fluoxetine) for their anxiety disorder?

Yes: Prozac (fluoxetine) has indications for obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder but can also be used for other forms of anxiety. ...Read more

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Why am I sleeping 16hrs out of 24. I take prozac (fluoxetine).?

Depression: There are two types of depression: one is a depletion of serotonin and Prozac is a good drug for that. The other is a depletion of norepinephrine (ne) and for that Prozac is ineffective. Frequently, but not always sleeping too much suggests that it is a ne depletion and a ne reuptake inhibitor such as wellbutrin (bupropion) is effective. See your docotor to rule out other causes and talk about a switch. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Prozac (fluoxetine) and l theanine tohether?

Prozac (fluoxetine), L-Theanine: I admire you for your concern for Health.
Prozac is for Depression and Anxiety. It can have side effects of anxiety and depression.
L-Theanine is found in Green Tea. Some people use it for anxiety and depression.
Patient Drug Interactions Source: RxList states that fluoxetine oral, L-theanine oral Combination may increase bleeding risk.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress, and anxiety. ...Read more

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If I take Prozac (fluoxetine) with food, am I less likely to feel nauseous?

If I take Prozac (fluoxetine) with food, am I less likely to feel nauseous?

Probably not: Probably not. The nausea with Prozac (fluoxetine) is not due to your stomach irritation, but rather due to the stimulation of the serotonin receptors in the brain. Of course, there are also serotonin receptors in the gut – but these, to the best of my knowledge, are not directly involved in the nausea / vomiting reflex. ...Read more

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Can you take Prozac (fluoxetine) and Levothyroxine together at the same time in the morning?

Yes...but..: You can do it but levothyroxine should be taken in empty stomach and Prozac (fluoxetine) with food to avoid stomach disconfort. ...Read more

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I take Prozac (fluoxetine) and I always find myself laying in bed a lot is there a pill I can take to give me energy? Caffeine doesn't work

I take Prozac (fluoxetine) and I always find myself laying in bed a lot is there a pill I can take to give me energy? Caffeine doesn't work

See below: Lack of energy can arise from untreated depression as well as a host of other medical conditions. See your pcp who can help you find the cause and treat it. ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) at night? Just starting the medication. Worried it will keep me up at night. I take levothyroxine in the mornings.

Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) at night? Just starting the medication. Worried it will keep me up at night. I take levothyroxine in the mornings.

Not a worry: Hi. Prozac at night is usually fine but insomnia has been described, but insomnia is so common, we can't guarantee a relationship. If you want, go ahead and take the fluoxetine in the morning WITH the l-thyroxine. There is a myth about taking l-thyroxine on an empty stomach that drives me crazy. Take it (consistently) however you want to...your doc will adjust the l-thyroxine dose to accommodate. ...Read more

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What's the best time to take prozac (fluoxetine)? Morning. Afternoon. Before bed? Starting 1st dose & rather not feel any side affects if any. Rather not panic too

Prozac (fluoxetine): Prozac (fluoxetine) is believed to be more activating antidepressant. The majority of doctors recommend to take it in the morning hours. That said, some people feel like it helps them to sleep better. You can try taking it in the morning, if it makes you feels sleepy or tired, switch it to bedtime. ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) while breastfeeding?

Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) while breastfeeding?

Complicated issue: Despite the importance of breastfeeding for babies & moms, meds in milk is an issue. Several studies now have suggested that Prozac specifically may be more present in breast milk than other antidepressants, maybe because of long half-life. Zoloft or Lexapro (escitalopram) are likely safer: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22283766 you need your treatment, but this is a talk between you & your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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