Prozac (Fluoxetine) is used for the treatment of depression and helps to elevate mood. Fluoxetine may also be used to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and to treat the eating disorder, bulimia nervosa. This medication works by affecting the chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced. The recommended starting dose of fluoxetine to treat depression in adults is 20mg.
The brand Prozac comes from different countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Turkey, the UK and it is manufactured by Eli Lilly. We currently have the generic Fluoxetine comes from Canada, India, the UK and the US by different manufacturers. It is available in the strength of 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, and 60mg capsules.
Side effects include:
• Changes in mood or behavior;
• Cold sweats;
• Fast and irregular heartbeat;
• Lack of energy;
• Shivering or shaking, etc.
You should not use Prozac if you are allergic to Fluoxetine. Before you start using the medication, inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, and about all the other medications you are taking including OTC, and herbal medications. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There may be an interaction between fluoxetine and other medications such alfuzosin, amantadine, bupropion, clopidogrel, digoxin, escitalopram, irbesartan, etc.
How will Prozac help me?
When Prozac starts working, you will feel calmer and less anxious. It may also improve your sleep and increase your energy levels.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Prozac?
Drinking alcohol while taking Prozac can cause extreme drowsiness.
Does caffeine interact with Prozac?
Caffeine can directly counteract with the effect of antidepressants or make anxiety worse. Caffeine and antidepressants may also make you more prone to the side effects of this medication.