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Prozac (Fluoxetine) is in a new class of antidepressant medications that affects chemical messengers within the brain.


Drug Name

Prozac (Fluoxetine)

Drug Uses

Fluoxetine is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or mood disturbances, eating disorders, or obsessive or compulsive symptoms. Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorder, and bulimia (binge eating and purging). Fluoxetine is also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), symptoms of which occur in the week or two before a woman's menstrual period and commonly include irritability, mood swings, and tension as well as the physical symptoms of bloating and breast tenderness.

How Taken

Fluoxetine is used in the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. It usually is taken once or twice daily; however, it also has been taken once weekly. Fluoxetine should be taken with food at doses specifically directed by your physician. Try to take fluoxetine at the same time each day. Take Prozac Weekly on the same day each week as directed by your doctor. Individual doses vary greatly between individuals. If discontinued you should gradually withdraw from this medication as directed by your doctor. Do not stop taking fluoxetine without first talking to your doctor. It may take several weeks before you to start feeling better.

Drug Class and Mechanism

Fluoxetine is in a new class of antidepressant medications that affects chemical messengers within the brain. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters. Many experts believe that an imbalance in these neurotransmitters is the cause of depression. Fluoxetine is believed to work by inhibiting the release or affects the action of serotonin. Fluoxetine does not have MAO activity.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Storage

Store in a dry place at 20-25 degrees C (68-77 F).