Brand Name: Prozac
Generic Name: fluoxetine
What is Prozac used for? Prozac is in a class of drugs called selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Fluoxetine is used to treat depression,
obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric
disorder (PMDD). Fluoxetine also is used occasionally to treat alcoholism, some
eating disorders, attention-deficit disorders, borderline personality disorders,
sleep disorders, headaches, premenstrual syndrome, irregular heartbeat,
schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, anxiety, and phobias.
FDA Warnings for Prozac: The FDA issued a public health alert for Prozac
in March 2004 warning that Prozac can lead to deeper depression and suicide. The
FDA recommends that health care providers warn patients, their families and
their caregivers to be alert for agitation, irritability, suicide and worsening
depression while using fluoxetine. The FDA also recommends that health care
providers closely monitor adult and children treated with fluoxetine for
worsening of depression or suicidal tendencies, especially at the beginning of
therapy or when the dose either increases or decreases.
The FDA issued a Public Health Advisory in October 2003 about increased reports
of suicidal thinking, suicide attempts, hostility and self-harm in children
using Prozac. The FDA urges that Prozac be used with caution in children. It
should be noted that in clinical trials, only Prozac (fluoxetine) has been found
effective for children.
General Prozac Precautions:
_ Prozac may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid driving,
operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities.
_ Rise slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position to prevent dizziness
or possible falls.
_ Do not take Prozac if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
within the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction can occur if fluoxetine is
combined with MAO inhibitors.
_ Dangerous, even fatal, irregular heartbeats may occur if fluoxetine is taken
with thioridazine. You must wait 5 weeks after stopping fluoxetine before taking
_ Tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Prozac if you are having
surgery, including dental surgery.
_ It is not known whether Prozac will harm an unborn baby or a nursing baby.
_ Prozac may impair judgment, thinking, or motor skills. Patients using
fluoxetine should exercise caution until they have adapted to therapy.
_ If you skip the missed dose and take only the next one as directed. Do not
take a double dose. Overdose is possible.
Prozac can cause serious side effects. Only you can decide if Prozac is the best
means of treating depression symptoms. It is important for people currently
taking Prozac to discuss side effect concerns with their physician.
Prozac Side Effects:
_ Deepened depression.
_ Increased risk of suicide.
_ Insomnia or sleeplessness.
_ Dry mouth.
_ Changes in appetite or weight.
_ Constipation or diarrhea.
_ Ejaculation problems.
_ Changes in sex drive or ability.
_ Difficulty reaching orgasm.
_ Decreased libido.
_ Frequent urination or difficulty urinating.
_ Chills or fever.
_ Skin rash or hives.
_ Irregular heartbeat.
_ Increased sweating.
_ Low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness).
_ High blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision).
_ Unusual bleeding or bruising.
_ Difficulty concentrating.
_ Jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms.
_ Slow or difficult speech.
_ Shuffling walk.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience: An allergic reaction
(difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or
tongue; or hives). Stop taking Prozac and contact your doctor immediately or
seek emergency medical treatment if you also experience a fast or irregular
heartbeat, low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness), high blood pressure (severe
headache, blurred vision), chills or fever, skin rash or hives or unusual
bleeding or bruising. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience
yellowing of the skin or eyes, jaw, neck or back muscle spasms, shuffling walk,
slow or difficult speech, persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still.
Symptoms of overdose may include: Symptoms of a Prozac overdose include
dizziness, drowsiness, coma, nausea, tremors, seizures, blurred vision, enlarged
pupils, hyperactivity, agitation, unconsciousness, unsteadiness, confusion and
Before taking Prozac, tell your doctor if you have or ever had:
_ Liver disease.
_ Kidney disease.
_ Suicidal thoughts.
_ Enlarged prostate.
_ Difficulty urinating.
_ Overactive thyroid gland.
What should I avoid while taking Prozac?
_ Use alcohol cautiously while taking Prozac. Alcohol may increase drowsiness
_ Cigarette smoking and tobacco products may decrease the effectiveness of this
_ Prozac may make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Avoid unnecessary or
prolonged exposure to sunlight.
What other drugs will affect fluoxetine? Prozac can increase the effects
of many other drugs, leading to serious side effects. If taking Prozac, talk to
your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter
medicines. Do not take fluoxetine with the following medicines without your
_ Benzodiazepine such as diazepam, alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide, clorazepate,
temazepam or triazolam.
_ Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI).
_ Other antidepressants.
_ Phenothiazine such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, mesoridazine, perphenazine
_ Lithium or haloperidol.
_ Seizure medications containing carbamazepine (Tegretol) or phenytoin (Dilantin).
_ St. John's wort.
Also talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking medication for anxiety,
diabetes, high blood pressure, seizures, Parkinson's disease, asthma, colds,
allergies, muscle relaxants, sedatives, sleeping pills, thyroid medications,
tranquilizers, antihistamines, antipsychotics, tryptophan, and vitamins. Drugs
other than the above listed may also interact with Prozac. Talk to your doctor
and pharmacist before taking any prescription, over-the-counter medicines or
People seeking depression relief should carefully evaluate Prozac information
and side effects before deciding to take Prozac. Consult your healthcare
professional before using Prozac.
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*This antidepressant drug information does not endorse Prozac, diagnose patients
or recommend therapy. The information contained herein is not intended to cover
all possible warnings, uses, precautions, drug interactions, allergic reactions,
or adverse side effects of Prozac. If you have questions about the drugs you are
taking, check with your health care provider or pharmacist. The information
provided should not be construed to indicate that Prozac is safe, effective or
Do not stop taking Prozac without first talking to your doctor. Your doctor may
need to gradually reduce the dose before stopping Prozac completely. Suddenly
stopping fluoxetine may cause unpleasant and potentially serious side effects.