Can Prozac (fluoxetine) prevent depression?

In some, yes. Depression can be recurrent in some people's lives -- and also very disabling when present. In cases with 2 or more clear depressive episodes, your doctor may recommend saying on Prozac (fluoxetine) (or other antidepressant) permanently & preventively. For some this works and is reasonable -- especially if there aren't problematic side effects. Without previous history though, i wouldn't take it in advance.
Yes. Having major depression twice isindication to stay on med it may not be sufficient. With one medication the chance of complete resolution of all sx's is 30%. What left: insomnia, daytime fatigue and pain worse than tissue damage. You need at least 70% sx improvement lest inc. Chance of relapse on the med; not good for morale.Deeply asleep, deeply awake, quite mind; this is goal, combo may b nec.
Prozac (fluoxetine) No, it cannot prevent depression, but it can lift mood and decrease anxiety. It works by allowing more serotonin, a neurotransmitter, to exist in the brain. There really is no benefit from taking Prozac (fluoxetine) if you are not depressed - and you shouldn't.

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) accelerate depression?

Not likely. We are always cautious of worsening depression after starting antidepressants. But is unclear whether it is due to the medication or progression of the illness, before the medication becomes therapeutic. Read more...
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...

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...

I am just starting Prozac (fluoxetine) and was wondering what will happen if my depression increases?

If it does. If it does, call your psychiatrist & let them know that you feel more depressed. This may be a sign that the medication is not the right one for you. If that's the case, there are other medications that you can consider. Read more...
Depression. Prozac (fluoxetine) and similar medications can take several weeks to reach full effectiveness. After and even within that time period, if your depression worsens, it will be important to contact your physician, as you may need a change in dosage or to shift to a different medication. However giving the medication time to work is an important piece of starting an antidepressant. Read more...

I was put on Prozac (fluoxetine) for severe depression, how many years is the recovery usually?

Weeks, not years. You may feel better in a matter of weeks, not years! if this is your first serious depression and treatment goes well, you may be able to stop Prozac (fluoxetine) after 6-12 months. If you've had more than one episode, your doctor will want you to take medicine longer as a precaution. It's possible for depression to last years, but usually not, especially not if treated. Good luck. Read more...
Usually wks or mons. Typically a person starts feeling better in a few weeks-- there are treatment resistant depressions that are tougher to control--have your psychiatrist re-evaluate your treatment. Read more...

What are the long term side effects of using prozac (fluoxetine)? I currently use it for my depression.

Prozac (fluoxetine) side effects. Prozac (fluoxetine) has been around forover 20 years. It is one of the safer ssris. Dopamine depletion can be seen and usually manifests with apathy or a flat affect. I would check with your treating physician if you are experiencing side effects such has decreased libido or apathy. If you do not have symptoms, you may not ever get any. Be in contact with your treating doctor. Read more...
There are issues. I agree with dr. Lindenbaum about prozac's relative safety, but there are issues in some people. You may never experience any problem, and your doctor may have prescribed it appropriately (for moderate to severe depression). But some have had movement disorders or "tics" develop - which may or may not go away. You may want to read dr. Joseph glenmullen's well-researched book "prozac backlash.". Read more...

Is there a non-medication that will make my Prozac (fluoxetine) stronger or make anxiety/depression lower?

Please don't mix. Natural meds/supplements w/prescription drugs. It changes the dose and makes it unclear as to what is working. Talk w/your doc. He/she may have some suggestions. Exercise and healthy diet is a better choice. Read more...

What to do if I have been on various depression med's for over 8 years after stoping Prozac (fluoxetine) but now that I'm back on it i?

Keep asking. Keep taking your meds as prescribed by your doctor. What else are you doing to manage your depression? Meds alone are usually not enough. Ask your doctor about psychotherapy if you haven't already. Find ways to support yourself emotionally and physically. Best wishes and good luck! Read more...