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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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What is a normal maintenance dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

What is a normal maintenance dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

Depends: Depends on person illness etc I have pts getting along on 10mg & others who have to have their 80mg doses augmented with other meds. ...Read more

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How quickly can I increase my dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

How quickly can I increase my dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

Depends: Depending on why you are being treated and the form of the medication (daily vs. Weekly) as well as how you tolerate it, you may even be able to start at a "high" dose (60-90 mg). ...Read more

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How long before 3 doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) outvof system?

How long before 3 doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) outvof system?

4 to 5 weeks: Prozac (fluoxetine) has a half life of 7 days and it takes at least 4 half lifes or more to clear your body. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my Prozac (fluoxetine) dose was just increased. will I feel differently?

May take time: Fluoxetine (Prozac) is an SSRI medication approved for major depression and some types of anxiety. Depending on the psychiatric condition, an increase in dose may take 2-4 weeks to have a noticeable effect, although it may be sooner. ...Read more

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How long does a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) start to get into your system. (Went from 50-60 since Friday)?

How long does a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) start to get into your system. (Went from 50-60 since Friday)?

Several days: Within 3-5 days I'd expect the higher dose to be stabilizing in your bloodstream. Whether or not that translates into clinical effects for the purpose your doctor prescribed it though is a different story since there may be much more lag time for the body to RESPOND to a medication or its increase than, for the substance to actually get to measurably higher/stable levels. Make sense? ...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?

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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Can upping a dose of prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg to 40mg make you feel more tired than usual?

Yes: This can be a side effect of fluoxetine. It may be easily managed by taking it at night; or, you may wish to consider changing to a different medicine. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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