Prozac is a medication licensed to treat a number of conditions including, depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bulimia. As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, the medication works by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Although most people tolerate Prozac well, side effects may occur. The uses of Prozac specifically include the treatment of depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia.

Although the medication has been approved for treating depression and OCD in children, it is not licensed to treat children and teens with bulimia or panic disorder. Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend other Prozac uses, which may include the treatment of anxiety or premature ejaculation. Prozac is also available under the generic name of Fluoxetine and other labels of Prozac Weekly and Rapiflux.

How to Use Prozac Tablets

  • It usually takes several weeks (perhaps even more than a month) before feeling the beneficial effects of Prozac. Try not to be discouraged if the medication does not work right away for you.
  • Make sure to swallow long-acting capsules whole (do not open, chew, or crush them).
  • If Prozac makes you drowsy, try taking your dosage before bedtime. If the medication causes insomnia for you, try taking it in the morning.
  • Elderly people and people with liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis, often need lower doses of Prozac.
  • You can take Prozac with or without food. If the antidepressant bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • You dose should be taken at the same time each day (or the same day each week) to maintain an even level in your blood.

Cautions before Use Prozac Tablets

  • Prozac can cause rashes or other allergic reactions.
  • Prozac can cause a group of dangerous symptoms known as serotonin syndrome.
  • Anafranil may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults.
  • Patients should make sure that they do not have bipolar disorder, as Anafranil can cause problems in people with bipolar disorder.
  • Prozac can cause insomnia and anxiety.
  • There is a possibility that Prozac may cause unwanted weight loss
  • Prozac may worsen glaucoma. It should be used cautiously in people who have glaucoma or are at high risk for developing glaucoma.
  • Prozac may cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines.

Prozac Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Prozac are as follows:

  • Flushing redness of the skin, especially the face
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Vomiting
  • Fever or chills
  • Weight loss
  • Vision changes
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Taste changes.

Prozac Tablets Interactions and Overdose

When Prozac is taken with lithium, certain seizure medications, triptans, or other medications, drug interactions could occur. When these interactions occur, drug levels in your blood can increase significantly and your risks for developing side effects (such as stomach bleeding or serotonin syndrome) may be higher. Other medications that may potentially lead to drug interactions with Prozac include diazepam, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, warfarin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Prozac overdose symptoms may include vomiting, high or low blood pressure, and fainting.


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