Prozac is anti-depressant drug having the major component as fluoxetine. As an anti-depressant, Prozac is used by most pharmacists and doctors to treat conditions such as panic disorder, depression, anxiety attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Prozac typically affects specific chemicals that occur naturally in every human brain. It is widely distributed either in liquid form or white colored pellets. The drug should be secured in a place free from moisture and heat.
Prozac is available as gelatinous capsules in the dosage strengths of 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, and 90 mg. The drug is most effective when it is taken according to the prescription information provided by the doctor. The drug is also available for use in other forms, and based on the one that may be prescribed you should read product information leaflet and take the drug exactly as recommended.
The once daily dosage of Prozac may be 20 to 80 mg for adults and 10 to 20 mg for children. For the symptoms of the depression disorder to improve it would normally take about four weeks. Consult with your doctor if there is still no improvement in your condition.
Missed dose and overdose
In case of missed dose, take it as soon as you remember to do so unless the timing is closer to or conflicts with the next scheduled dose.
In case you missed a weekly dose, take the missed dose of Prozac immediately and wait seven days before taking the next dose.
For overdose, get emergency medical assistance without delay.
Precautions and warnings
Avoid taking Prozac if you are allergic to Fluoxetine.
Infants and pregnant women are not advised to be on Prozac. Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while on treatment with the medication.
Breast-feeding women should not use Prozac either as its effects can pass through breast milk or harm the baby.
Inform your doctor if you have cirrhosis of the liver, have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder at any time, have suicidal thoughts or tendencies, diabetes, and seizures.
Disclose to your healthcare provider any other drugs that you may be taking like prescription, over the counter, vitamins and herbal supplements to avoid any harmful interactions.
Monitor for any changes in mood and new or improving symptoms as it can help assess the effectiveness of Prozac in overcoming depression.
Similar to any other anti-depressant drug, Prozac has some side effects such as:
- Diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, nausea
- Changes in appetite
- Dryness of mouth
- Skin peeling and severe blisters
- Impotence, orgasm difficulties, reduced sex drive
- Behavioral changes – anxiety, mood swings, suicidal tendencies, panic attacks, agitation, hyperactive, depression, etc.
- Several allergic reactions – breathing difficulties, skin rash and swelling of lips, tongue, mouth or face
- Sneezing, cold-runny nose, sore throat and symptoms of flu