Prozac is a drug used medically in the
treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder,
and many other disorders. It is a psychotropic drug for
Prozac usually is taken once or twice
a day. To be effective, it should be taken regularly. Make
a habit of taking it at the same time you do some other
daily activity. It may be 4 weeks before you feel any relief
from your depression, but the drug's effects
should last about 9 months after a 3-month treatment regimen.
For obsessive-compulsive disorder, the full effect may take
5 weeks to appear.
Unless you are directed to do so by your doctor, do not
take this medication if you are recovering from a heart
attack or if you have liver disease or diabetes. Prozac
may cause you to become drowsy or less alert and may affect
your judgment. Therefore, driving or operating dangerous
machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that
requires full mental alertness is not recommended. While
taking this medication, you may feel dizzy
or light-headed or actually faint when getting up from a
lying or sitting position. If getting up slowly doesn't
help or if this problem continues, notify your doctor. If
you develop a skin rash or hives while taking Prozac,
discontinue use of the medication and notify your doctor
immediately. Prozac should be used with
caution if you have a history of seizures. You should discuss
all of your medical conditions with your doctor before taking
this medication. Prozac can occasionally
cause decreased appetite and weight
loss, especially in depressed people who are already
underweight and in those with bulimia. If you notice changes
in your weight or appetite, tell your doctor. The effects
of Prozac during pregnancy have not been
adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become
pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. This medication
appears in breast milk, and breastfeeding is not recommended
while you are taking Prozac.
If you miss a dose of Prozac and you
remember the same day, take it as soon as possible. If you
do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose
and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take
2 doses at once.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If
any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as
soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is
safe for you to continue taking Prozac. More common
side effects may include: Abnormal dreams,
abnormal ejaculation, abnormal vision, anxiety, diminished
sex drive, dizziness, dry mouth, flu-like symptoms, flushing,
gas, headache, impotence, insomnia, itching, loss of appetite,
nausea, nervousness, rash, sinusitis, sleepiness, sore throat,
sweating, tremors, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, yawning.
Less common side effects
may include: Abnormal taste, agitation, bleeding
problems, chills, confusion, ear pain, emotional instability,
fever, frequent urination, high blood pressure, increased
appetite, loss of memory, palpitations, ringing in the ears,
sleep disorders, weight gain. In children and adolescents,
less common side effects may also include: Agitation, excessive
menstrual bleeding, frequent urination, hyperactivity, mania
or hypomania (inappropriate feelings of elation and/or rapid
thoughts), nosebleeds, personality changes, and thirst.
A wide variety of other very rare reactions have been reported
during Prozac therapy. If you develop any
new or unexplained symptoms, tell your doctor without delay.
Store in a dry place at 20-25 degrees C (68-77 F).
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences.
An overdose of Prozac can be fatal. In
addition, combining Prozac with certain
other drugs can cause symptoms of overdose. If you suspect
an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Common
symptoms of Prozac overdose include: Nausea,
rapid heartbeat, seizures, sleepiness, vomiting. Other symptoms
of Prozac overdose include: Coma, delirium, fainting, high
fever, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, mania, rigid
muscles, sweating, stupor.
Do not take with MAO inhibitors or for at least two weeks after their discontinuation. MAO inhibitors medications should not be taken for at least five weeks after discontinuing Prozac. Most medications affecting the brain have the potential to slow reflexes or impair judgment and caution is advised. This medication has not been studied extensively in the US and re-evaluation periodically by your physician is advised. Check with you pharmacist when taking with other medications.
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