What is Prozac?

Prozac is the trade marked name for the medication fluoxetine. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. Prozac works by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

Prozac is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This medication can also be used in combination with another medication called olanzapine (Zyprexa) to treat depression caused by bipolar disorder (manic depression). The combination of Prozac and Zyprexa is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Important Information about Prozac

Patients taking pimozide or thioridazine, or being treated with methylene blue injection should not take Prozac. If you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days do not take Prozac, dangerous drug iterations could occur.

Some people taking Prozac have experienced suicidal thoughts. If you experience any of these thoughts contact your Doctor immediately.

Be clear with your Doctor about any other medications you are taking before starting Prozac to prevent any drug interactions.

Prozac Side Effects

Along with the needed effects of Prozac there are also many side effects. While not all patients taking Prozac will experience side effects, there are many common effects that do not pose a risk. These more common side effects include;

  • Decreased appetite
  • Abnormal dreams
  • breast enlargement or pain
  • change in sense of taste
  • changes in vision
  • feeling of warmth or heat
  • flushing or redness of the skin, especially on face and neck
  • frequent urination
  • hair loss
  • increased appetite
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • menstrual pain
  • stomach cramps, gas, or pain
  • unusual secretion of milk, in females
  • weight loss
  • yawning

If you do experience any of the following side effects contact your Doctor immediately;

  • Inability to sit still
  • restlessness
  • skin rash, hives, or itching
  • Chills or fever
  • joint or muscle pain

If you experience any symptoms of overdose seek emergency help immediately;

  • Actions that are out of control
  • change in consciousness
  • change in near or distance vision
  • change in walking and balance
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion as to time, place, or person
  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • difficulty in focusing eyes
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • hallucinations
  • high or low blood pressure
  • holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • irregular heartbeat recurrent
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of consciousness
  • sensation of spinning
  • severe muscle stiffness
  • severe sleepiness
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • sweating
  • talking, feeling, and acting with excitement
  • tiredness
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • unresponsiveness
  • unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
  • unusual or incomplete body or facial movements
  • unusually pale skin

Prozac Use

Prozac is used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

This medication can also be used in combination with another medication called olanzapine (Zyprexa) to treat depression caused by bipolar disorder (manic depression). The combination of Prozac and Zyprexa is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Prozac Dosage and Directions

Prozac capsule dosage varies with the medical condition it is being used to treat.

  • Major Depressive Diorder
    • Adult doses ranging from 20 to 80 mg/day given in the morning
    • Pediatric doses ranging from 10 to 20 mg/day given in the morning
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Adult dose range of 20 to 60 mg/day, divided into two doses given in the morning and afternoon
    • Pediatric doses in the range of 10 to 60 mg/day, divided into two doses in the morning and afternoon
  • Bulimia Nervosa
    • Initial adult dose of 20 or 60 mg/day
    • Maintenance adult dose of 60 mg/day for periods of up to 52 weeks
  • Panic Disorder
    • Initial adult doses in the range of 10 to 60 mg/day
    • Maintenance dose should be regularly assessed by Doctor to determine dose