Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

DEPENDS. For the right illness Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very effective. Indicated for depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, ocd, pmdd.
Prozac (fluoxetine) Yes, in some people. Not all antidepressants work for everyone, and there are many available to try in order to find the one that works for you. Your doctor will help you find the right antidepressant for you.

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) still effective after 4 years?

Often, yes. If you mean can Prozac (fluoxetine) still be effective after taking it for four years? The answer would be yes. For some, symptoms can recur while on an antidepressant for many reasons. They can be under more stress, they miss too many doses and often, unfortunately the symptoms were not fully treated and the condition intensifies. Sometimes, ssris like Prozac (fluoxetine) do quit working and a change of med is needed. Read more...
Prozac (fluoxetine) Yes. I have seen patients who have been on Prozac (fluoxetine) for more than 10 years who still benefit from it. Read more...

Prozac (fluoxetine) --- how long to become effective?

Prozac (fluoxetine) Onset usually first 2 weeks, full effectiveness 4-6 weeks. Read more...
Prozac (fluoxetine) Prozac (fluoxetine) takes up to 7 days or 10 days for an initial response and upto 4 to 6 weeks, for response to remission. Read more...

How long does it take for Prozac (fluoxetine) to become effective?

3 weeks or more. Most ssris start to show effectiveness against depression about 2 weeks after starting them. Prozac (fluoxetine) is about 1 week slower due to its long half-life (it takes longer to reach a steady blood level). So a good estimate is about 3 weeks. But everybody's different; some people feel better faster, others need to wait longer. Also, improvement is gradual, it doesn't become "effective" all at once. Read more...

When Prozac (fluoxetine) is tapered off after taking for a year, will it still be effective the next time it is prescribed again for relapse after some while.?

Yes. Studies have shown that restarting ssris after a period washout provide equivalent efficacy when compared to prior trials. Read more...
It likely will help. It's not uncommon to have depression return like this, especially if psychotherapy was not also part of your treatment before. Prozac (fluoxetine) may well help again, but i'd suggest seeing your physician first. If you worked with a psychiatrist before, that's the place to start. Good luck. Read more...

Does alcohol makes Prozac (fluoxetine) less effective?

In a way. Drinking on an ssri antidepressant can make depression or anxiety persist ("fighting" the treatment), ; increases seizure risk. The med can also make alcohol feel stronger, impairing driving ; similar activities more than expected. The standard rule: avoid all alcohol. That said, people use ssris for months or years, ; some use alcohol occasionally in small amounts ; are ok. Weigh the risks. Read more...

Can you give me advice? I have been taking Prozac (fluoxetine) for about two months, and that alcohol makes Prozac (fluoxetine) less effective?

Alcohol. Alcohol is a no no with psychiatric medications for the most part. It does make it less effective. Alcohol is a depressant so it can worsen depression. Alcohol is always stronger then the medicine. Read more...

What treatments are available if Prozac (fluoxetine) is no longer becoming effective? Due mostly to other unresoved health issues.

It Depends. As i really don't know what your diagnosis is from the information you provided and do not know what benefit Prozac (fluoxetine) was providing and is no longer providing; it is very difficult to suggest some alternative treatments which may or may not be beneficial. I suggest you see a board certified psychiatrist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment options. Good luck. Read more...
Many. Depending on the reasons Prozac was prescribed, there are many alternative antidepressants: celexa, lexapro, zoloft, effexor, (venlafaxine) wellbutrin, etc. Discuss your concerns with your doctor so that they can be addressed. If other health issues are now showing up, these need to be considered. Good luck to you! Read more...

Is the effective Prozac (fluoxetine) dosage usually 20mg? I had a doctor tell me 20mg used to be the only Prozac (fluoxetine) dose and going higher isn't necessary

That depends. Doctors used extremely high doses of prozac (fluoxetine) when it first came out. Now the maximum dose is 80 /mg per day. However, depending on the condition - 20mg is a pretty common effective dosage. Off label dosing can still be considered. Read more...
Prozac (fluoxetine) The usual edose for Prozac (fluoxetine) is 20 mg. However, some people do require a higher dose if only part of the desired effect is reached. In my practice, if the patient requires more than 40 mg, I seek a consultation from a psychiatrist to determine if their are other psychiatric problems that need to be addressed and, perhap, new medication to fit that particular patient. Read more...