about this medication
Fluoxetine is an antidepressant medicine, notably the first SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) approved for use in the United States. It has been FDA approved and marketed under the brand name Prozac for over three decades. Fluoxetine ushered in the development of other SSRIs (such as sertraline, citalopram, etc), which generally provide fewer unwanted side effects over earlier antidepressants (ie, MAOs and TCAs). Fluoxetine is a prescription medication.
Currently, fluoxetine is FDA-approved for acute and maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), as well as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, and panic disorder. Not all mental health conditions can be treated by a provider through our platform.
Experts believe that fluoxetine works to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain. Although the exact mechanism is unknown, experts believe it is the result of limiting how much serotonin is reabsorbed by neurons (nerve cells in the brain). For people with depression and anxiety, this can help manage symptoms, such as low interest in activities or panic attacks.
Fluoxetine should be taken exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. Generally, it is taken once a day at the same time, earlier in the day if trouble sleeping is a concern. Abruptly stopping fluoxetine is generally not recommended, even if you feel better, because serious withdrawal symptoms can occur.
The most common side effects of fluoxetine include unusual dreams, sexual problems, loss of appetite, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea or vomiting, weakness, dry mouth, flu symptoms, feeling tired or fatigued, change in sleep habits, yawning, sinus infection or sore throat, tremor or shaking, sweating, feeling anxious or nervous, hot flashes, rash. Discuss any side effects you experience with your provider.
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