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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,036 doctors shared insights

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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Why is there so much negative commonts on prozac (fluoxetine)? Did those people really commit suicide when stopping it?

Why is there so much negative commonts on prozac (fluoxetine)? Did those people really commit suicide when stopping it?

Hype: Prozac (fluoxetine) was widely heralded as a wonder antidepressant drug with few if any side effects when it was first introduced. Then came a few reports of suicidal or homicidal behavior in people on prozac (fluoxetine). People like to blame their pathological behaviors on the drugs they take. All antidepressants have a slight risk for inducing suicidal ideation, hostility, or mania. Prozac (fluoxetine) is no worse than any others. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get off of 30 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) when you don't feel depressed at all, or have no symptoms of suicide if you been taking it for 3 months?

Is it possible to get off of 30 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) when you don't feel depressed at all, or have no symptoms of suicide if you been taking it for 3 months?

Of course u : feel better.That's your Prozac (fluoxetine) working for you.I would strongly suggest that you talk this over with your perscribing physician Before you stop the medicine.Many people have come to the same conclusion only to find themselves back in depression after the drug wears off in 1-2 months.Why stop when it's working and you're doing well? ...Read more

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Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Get help now.: This is serious.If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services & they can provide transport. You can call the National Suicide hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Consider dialectica Behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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I am having severe depression and thoughts of suicide. I have devolved an increasing sickness, it isn't just sudden. What do you think the cause is?

I am having severe depression and thoughts of suicide. I have devolved an increasing sickness, it isn't just sudden. What do you think the cause is?

Depression: It is difficult to name a cause without knowing you but often times depression is driven by a negative self voice. Finding the origin of your old view of yourself and having help to see yourself accurately can be very helpful. Consult with a mental health professional who can help you accomplish the above and you may free yourself from your suffering. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of depression, thoughts of suicide and abnormal sleeping patterns?

What could be the cause of depression, thoughts of suicide and abnormal sleeping patterns?

Depression: Clinical Depression can encompass the symptoms of suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances and depressed mood. Active suicidal thoughts with plan warrant emergency room evaluation. Psychiatric admission is sometimes indicated if risk is high. ...Read more

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Dr. Says im bipolar and borderline personality. Exactly what are they and what causes them? I feel loneliness empty worthless. Suicide thoughts r ther

Dr. Says im bipolar and borderline personality. Exactly what are they and what causes them? I feel loneliness empty worthless. Suicide thoughts r ther

There isn't a way: to do your questions justice in 400 characters or less It is very important that your doctor educate you thoroughly about your conditions. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide ...Read more

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If I have thoughts of suicide but know i will not actually do it, why should I go to the ER or call 911?

If I have thoughts of suicide but know i will not actually do it, why should I go to the ER or call 911?

Could get worse: The issue is that your complaint is one slice in time and in the absence of a longitudinal relationship a mental health professional cannot understand the context of the statement and this makes the individual who is listening to try and help you to the maximal extent possible. If you are choosing to not go then consider calling a crisis hotline, sometimes talking about it can help! stay safe! ...Read more

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Do thoughts of suicide and killing often go beyond the imagination? Or rarely so?

Yes: Murder rate (2007 figures ) 4.8 per 100, 000 population suicide rate (2010 ) 11.3 per 100, 000 a suicide occurs every 15 mins in the us. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have thoughts of suicide as a teen?

No: It is never normal at any age. Seek medical help from your doctor or hospital immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Thoughts Of Suicide (Definition)

Any thoughts about killing or hurting oneself should be treated seriously, The first step is to see a mental health professional immediately. I f that can't be arranged right away , one should go to the ER or Urgent Care. SOme people have such thoughts but don't act on them but you need to have a professional evaluate you and the thoughts and work out a ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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