Fluoxetine is a medication used to treat depression, panic attacks and a number of other medical conditions. This drug is also commonly known as Prozac in the medical field.
How it works
This medication belongs to a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Therefore, this medication works by affecting the serotonin in the brain. By increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain, this medication is able to treat a number of psychological problems.
The medication is prescribed for depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia, panic attacks and severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This medication can improve your sleep, mood, appetite and energy levels to a significant extent. It is also useful in reducing fear, anxiety and unwanted thoughts. Furthermore, the medication is also used to treat anorexia nervosa, post-traumatic stress disorder and certain sleep disorders.
This medication is generally consumed once a day in the morning. If your physician asks you to take this drug twice a day, you might have to take it in the morning and afternoon. This medication needs to be consumed by mouth.
If you are taking this medication for premenstrual problems, you might be asked to consume the drug every day for a month or just two weeks before your period. If you are using this medication in liquid form, it is important to use a proper measuring device. Do not use a household spoon since it can lead to the wrong dosage.
The dosage will be determined by your physician according to your medical problem and treatment response. You need to continue this medication even if you feel well.
Do not terminate the treatment unless your physician asks you to do so. Sometimes, when the treatment is abruptly stooped it can lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, follow the instructions of your physician at all times.
Despite the benefits of this medication, it is possible for you to experience certain side effects during the course of the treatment. These include:
Loss of appetite
Even though these side effects are temporary, you need to inform your physician if these side effects continue to persist.
The following precautions must be followed at all times to ensure that you will not be affected by the above side effects.
Do not drive or operate machinery as this medication can make you dizzy.
Make sure that you are not allergic to the ingredients used in this medication.
Since fluoxetine is a water pill, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol.
Inform your physician if your family has a history of liver problems or diabetes.
Be careful when giving this product to older adults as they might be sensitive to certain side effects.
Since mood problems are serious medical conditions, you should not discontinue the treatment during the period of pregnancy. So, if you do become pregnant during the treatment period, you must discuss the risks and benefits of using this medication with your healthcare provider.
This drug can not only pass via breast milk, but it can affect your baby negatively too. Therefore, it is best to avoid breastfeeding during the treatment period.