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Doctor insights on: Will Prozac Help With My Weight As Well As Depression

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for depression?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for depression?

Excellent: Inexpensive also but like anything else, it's all about you and what works for you. Talk to your doctor. Sometimes we try several until we find what works best for you. ...Read more

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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Probably: I am careful when i prescribe Prozac (fluoxetine) for my patients, as it can be very strong, too strong for some. If you take too much, it can cause more anxiety. This is why, i never start someone on more than 10 mgs per day and then, i wait a month before i consider increasing the dose. Prozac (fluoxetine) lasts a very long time in one's system, dosage changes should be very gradual, start low, go slow. ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac a good combination in addressing depression and anxiety?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac a good combination in addressing depression and anxiety?

Use alternative: Unfortunately Prozac (while an awesome drug) can interact with quite a few medications. Usually the SSRI + Wellbutrin (bupropion) combo is a great and very commonly used therapeutic option for patients suffering with depression and anxiety. There are plenty of efficacious and safer alternatives. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible that Prozac (fluoxetine) side effects wont go away.I am on 20 mg and is it good for OCD and depression?

Is it possible that Prozac (fluoxetine) side effects wont go away.I am on 20 mg and is it good for OCD and depression?

Some side effects go: away with time- others do not (sexual side effects, for ex). There are things to minimize effects, like take on full stomach, at bedtime etc. Best to talk to prescriber if you're having side effects. Prozac is a good drug for OCD and depression ...Read more

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I have depression and Prozac doesn't work well; and Lexopro and Effexor had terrible side affects. Counselling will not help. What are my options?

I have depression and Prozac doesn't work well; and Lexopro and Effexor had terrible side affects. Counselling will not help. What are my options?

See doctor : Counselling won't help? Have you tried and to no avail? It can be very effective without drug side effects but doesn't work for everyone. There are a number of other medical strategies. Can augment treatment by adding in another medication or there are a few other less used alternatives. Seeing your doctor to look at these options or referral to a psychiatrist may be helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety/panic as well as depression? I know it's a bit more activating than other ssris but wondering if it's still good for anxiety

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety/panic as well as depression? I know it's a bit more activating than other ssris but wondering if it's still good for anxiety

Prozac (fluoxetine) anxiety: Prozac (fluoxetine) is still one of the best drugs for depression. It is also a great choice for obsessive compulsive disorder and bulimia nervous. Although it is not indicated for anxiety it may help in an indirect way but I would not take it if your only diagnosis is anxiety. Now days many have multiple diagnosis so it may be part of you treatment plan but not the first choice. Off label can be for panic ...Read more

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I was put on 50 seroquel for insomnia by my psychiatrist as well as 10 mg Prozac daily for anxiety and depression. I started these meds two days ago. My anxiety is at an all time high now bc if the strange forced sedation with the seroquel. What can ?

I was put on 50 seroquel for insomnia by my psychiatrist as well as 10 mg Prozac daily for anxiety and depression. I started these meds two days ago. My anxiety is at an all time high now bc if the strange forced sedation with the seroquel. What can ?

Seroquel (quetiapine) s/e?: See your psychiatrist to assess for side effects asap. Seroquel (quetiapine) can cause a physical restlessness with pacing, "restless legs" type of agitation that is often mistaken for "anxiety." This side effect can be treated, but needs to be evaluated by your doc face- to- face. Ask your psychiatrist to assess for this side effect and if present to consider a lower dose or specific med to help with this. ...Read more

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What is also good for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder beside Prozac (fluoxetine)?

What is also good for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder beside Prozac (fluoxetine)?

How about talking?: How about talking to the right person about things that you don't feel good about? Do you know exactly why you don't feel well? Are you doing well in school? Do you like school & your friends? Anybody in your peer group you can lean on? How about home? Is that part of the problem or do you have a sib or parent you can share things? Can I ask someone from HealthTap to comment on your situation? ...Read more

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Doctor advised mirtazapine for depression thinks prozac less effective for me, however large weight gain will add to my depression. ?

Talk with your doc: Treatment questions about specific medications are challenging without having see you and all of your medical information including symptoms. If you have questions talk to your doctor for specific advice. Tell her or him what concerns you the most. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Medications: That is not how medicine works. They all are very effective and used for a variety of different reasons. The best drug for you is the issue and that is determined with the physician working with you in person. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro or prozac for depressed obese people less likely at not causing gain in weight in anyway?

Is Lexapro or prozac for depressed obese people less likely at not causing gain in weight in anyway?

They both same: About 25% of patients taking SSRIs like Lexapro or Prozac will gain about 10 lbs in weight or so.You can however minimize the weight gain by by eating a proper diet and exercise.Especially if you are already obese.Discuss with your doctor ot Psychiatrist if you are depressed and need help ...Read more

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50mgpaxil for 18 years last dose was dec.6th switched over to Prozac 60mg to lose weight, lost six pounds, should i go back on paxil,feeling depressed?

50mgpaxil for 18 years last dose was dec.6th switched over to Prozac 60mg to lose weight, lost six pounds, should i go back on paxil,feeling depressed?

Try higher dose.: You should report the med response to the doctor who prescribed the med. Prozac can be raised to 80 mg/day. You can take this dose for 1-2 months. If you don't notice an improvement in your mood, then talk to him or her about switching back to Paxil. ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) accelerate depression?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) accelerate depression?

Prozac (fluoxetine): One old hypothesis was that some severely depressed patients who had thoughts of self-harm & had no energy to carry on the act, when given medication that gave them extra energy fast, that they carried on the act of self-harm before they had the chance to work thru their depression. Again, this is only hypothetical, since data re. The subject are scarce & not much is written about it. ...Read more

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Could not taking my Prozac (fluoxetine) for 2 weeks cause my depression to become worse?

Yes: Although Prozac (fluoxetine) is metabolized very slowly in the body, missing multiple doses can lead to a relapse. Most serotonin drugs are not effective until they are taken for several weeks in a row. Please take all medications as prescribed. If you cannot tolerate a medication due to a side effect, consult your physician on how to stop it. ...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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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