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   Fluoxetine

Fluoxetine
(oral) (capsule, Tablet, Liquid, Capsule, Delayed Release)


Treats depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and panic disorders. Sarafem® treats premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is mood disorders and physical symptoms that occur 1 to 2 weeks before a woman's menstrual period. This medicine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

ALTERNATE NAMES

Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Fluoxetine HCl, Rapiflux
 
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Fluoxetine
Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Fluoxetine HCl, Rapiflux
Uses
Treats depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and panic disorders. Sarafem® treats premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is mood disorders and physical symptoms that occur 1 to 2 weeks before a woman's menstrual period. This medicine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Capsule, Tablet, Liquid, Delayed Release Capsule. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.Some people need to take this medicine every day, and some people need to take it only once a week.
  • Make sure you understand your own schedule. You may need to take this medicine for up to 4 weeks before you start feeling better. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Take your medicine at the same time each day. Swallow the delayed-release capsule whole.
  • Do not crush, break, or chew it. This medicine should come with a Medication Guide.
  • Read and follow these instructions carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one.
  • Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing. Blistering, peeling, red skin rash. Change in how much or how often you urinate. Chest pain, pounding or uneven heartbeat. Confusion, weakness, and muscle twitching. Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting.
  • Feelings of intense anxiety, agitation, or irritability. Fever, chills, body aches, or weakness. Painful, prolonged erection of your penis, or trouble having sex. Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness. Vomiting blood or something that looks like coffee grounds.

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluoxetine.
  • Do not use this medicine if you now use or have used thioridazine in the past month.
  • Do not use this medicine if you now use or have used a MAO inhibitor such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate® in the past 14 days.
  • Do not take a MAO inhibitor or thioridazine for at least 5 weeks after you stop taking this medicine.

Missed Dose
  • For people who take this medicine every day (Prozac® or Sarafem®): If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose. For people who take this medicine once a week (Prozac® Weekly): If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can.
  • Then go back to your regular schedule the next week.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you plan to become pregnant during treatment with this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have seizures or diabetes.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have heart disease or liver disease. For some children and teenagers, this medicine can increase thoughts of suicide.
  • All of the warnings in this leaflet are true for a child or teenager who is using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you start to feel more depressed.
  • Also tell your doctor right away if you have thoughts about hurting yourself.
  • Report any unusual thoughts or behaviors that trouble you, especially if they are new or get worse quickly.
  • Make sure your caregiver knows if you have trouble sleeping, get upset easily, have a big increase in energy, or start to act reckless.
  • Also tell your doctor if you have sudden or strong feelings, such as feeling nervous, angry, restless, violent, or scared.
  • Let your doctor know if you or anyone in your family has bipolar disorder (manic-depressive) or has tried to commit suicide.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely. If you develop a skin rash, even a mild one, stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away. This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine.
  • Be sure to keep all appointments.

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User Medicine Opinions for Fluoxetine
Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 52
Location: Seattle, WA
Time Taken: 4 years

Reason: Depression Date: 11 November 2007
Side Effects
Vivid dreams, sometimes difficulty going to sleep

Additional Thoughts
I was put on Fluoxetine (generic Prozac) for depression. I have taken other SSRI's including Paxil and Celexa, but Fluoxetine works by far the best for me. It keeps me from having the very scary depression lows, but still allows me to be myself with emotional fluctuations. I am very satisfied with this treatment.

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