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General Info: Uses and Effects
Prozac Generic (Fluoxetine) is an antidepressant used mainly to treat depression. It is also used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. This medicine is in a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). After its first appearance in the United Sates, the tablet became a widely prescribed antidepressant.
Prozac Generic is available as a capsule, tablet and liquid. It is also available as a delayed-release tablet. Even though it can be prescribed for children in some cases, the medicine is appropriate mainly for adults.
The drug works by affecting the chemicals known as neurotransmitters used as a communication system in the brain. The nerves manufacture neurotransmitters, and then release them to travel and attach themselves to the nearby nerves. After attaching to the receptors, the nerves take up the serotonin and release it again. This process is known as re-uptake. This causes an imbalance among the neurotransmitters resulting to depression.
Fluoxetine prevents any reuptake of serotonin once it has been manufactured and released. The uptake is usually an essential mechanism for removing serotonin and stopping their actions, especially on the adjacent nerves. For this reason, any reduced uptake will increase the amount of the free serotonins that stimulate the nerve cells in a person's brain. This is exactly what Prozac Generic does.
Contraindication: Important to Know
Before your doctor prescribes for you this drug, you must inform him or her of your medical history and any other current health issues. You must also inform your physician if you are allergic to any medications, foods or cold. The following individuals shouldn't use Prozac Generic:
- Pregnant women;
- Patients who are using MAO inhibitors;
- Patients who are allergic to Prozac Generic (Fluoxetine);
- People who are taking Thioridazine or Pimozide.
Instructions on Taking
Prozac Generic (Fluoxetine) is a prescription pill. This means that you must never take this medicine without the approval of your doctor. Take the exact dosage of the medicament recommended by your doctor. In other words, take neither smaller nor larger amount of the drug. Fluoxetine is taken either once or twice per day depending on the prescription of the doctor. For it to work effectively, the patient should take it regularly. Additionally, you should ensure that you take the drug at the same time every day.
In case you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you realize. However, it's recommended that you skip the forgotten dose if you remember after several hours. You must never double the doses in trying to compensate or catch up.
You should always store the medicine at room temperature. You should continue taking the drug even if you already feel well. It is dangerous to stop taking it without consulting the doctor. In more often than not, the dose is usually decreased gradually because instant withdrawal may cause severe complications. Prozac Generic can be addictive. For this reason, you are more likely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the medicine abruptly. Some of the symptoms you might experience include lethargy, dizziness, headache and nausea.
Alcohol reduces the effectiveness of Fluoxetine. Therefore, you should avoid consuming alcohol when you are taking this drug.
The recommended dosage of Prozac Generic for treating depression in adults is 20-80mg daily. However, the usual dose for adults is 20mg per day in the morning. After some weeks, the doctor will increase your daily dose to 20mg in the morning, and 20mg in the afternoon. After about 12-13 weeks, your physician might increase your daily dose to 80mg (maximum dosage).
For children, major depression can be treated with 10-20mg of Fluoxetine daily. It is advisable to start with 10mg per day, and then increase it to 20mg per after a week or so.
Just like other tablets in the group of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSTIs), the Prozac Generic (Fluoxetine) has almost the same side effects. However, the side effects are not the same for all patients. Be sure to use the medicine as per the prescription. You should consult your doctor right away if you notice any serious adverse effects while you are using the medicine. Some of the most common effects that patients might experience include:
- Nervousness and anxiety;
- Skin rush;
- Abnormal dreams;
- Yawning, drowsiness and insomnia;
- Dry mouth;
- Weight loss or gain.
The serious side effects that may be experienced include:
- Sexual dysfunction and decreased libido;
- Dyspepsia or painful digestion;
Interaction with Other Drugs
Fluoxetine may interact with certain pills, and this may cause some complications. Good thing is most of these interactions can be altered. Here are some drugs and medicines that interact with Prozac Generic (Fluoxetine):
- Tricyclic antidepressants;
- St. John's Wort;
It is vital to inform your doctor before taking Prozac Generic, especially if you are currently on other medicament.