What is Prozac (Fluoxetine) used for?
Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) is a selective seretonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression (especially accompanied by fear), obsessive-compulsive disorders, bulimia nervosa. It can be used alone or with other antidepressants. Fluoxetine has been proven effective in the treatment of alcoholism, anxiety disorders, including sociophobia; diabetic neuropathy, affective, including bipolar disorder; dysthymia, autism, panic attacks, premenstrual syndrome, narcolepsy, catalepsy, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, kleptomania, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorders.
How should I use Prozac (Fluoxetine)?
Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) can be used 1-2 times a day, regardless of food intake.
Swallow each capsule whole with a glass of water.
Always follow your doctor`s instructions when using Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The dosage is prescribed by the doctor individually for each patient. The usual recommended dose is 20 mg per day, which may be increased if necessary. The maximum daily dose is 80 mg. Doses above 80 mg per day have not been studied.
What are the side effects of Prozac (Fluoxetine)?
The use of Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious or worrying symptoms.
Use with caution in old age, with cardiovascular diseases, liver and / or kidney failure.
Careful monitoring of patients with suicidal tendencies is required, especially at the beginning of treatment. The greatest risk of suicide is in patients who have previously taken other antidepressants, and patients who have excessive fatigue, hypersomnia, or motor anxiety during treatment with fluoxetine.
When treating patients with low body weight, the anorexigenic properties of fluoxetine should be considered.
The interval between the withdrawal of MAO inhibitors and the start of fluoxetine should be more than 2 weeks, and the interval between the withdrawal of fluoxetine and the intake of MAO inhibitors should be at least 5 weeks.
Vehicle drivers and people whose activities require an increased concentration of attention and speed of psychomotor reactions must use Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) with caution.
During treatment, alcohol should be avoided.