Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions about Prozac:
1. What is Prozac?
Prozac with the generic name fluoxetine hydrochloride is a medicine taken by people who need treatment for their depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive behavior, and bulimia nervosa. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of it in 1987.
2. Do I need to follow special instructions before I take it?
Prozac is an oral medicine. People can have it with or without food, depending on the advice of your doctor. Take only in doses prescribed by your doctor to reduce the risk of side effects. If you have been prescribed to take the weekly version of this medicine once a week, wait for EXACTLY seven days after you’ve taken the last dose before you take another dose.
3. Can I take it? Who should not take this drug?
You can take it only if your doctor requires you to. If you are taking different medicine for depression (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor or MAOI) you can’t take it. You should also not take this medicine if you took an MAOI within the last 14 days since it can cause fatal reactions.
If you are taking Mellaril for schizophrenia, then you should not take this drug. After five weeks of taking the latter, you are not to take Mellaril to avoid serious heartbeat problems.
4. Is there health risk associated with this drug?
Health risks are possible only when this drug is taken with triptan medicine which may potentially cause serotonin syndrome. Pregnant mothers who take this particular medicine may have babies with infant persistent pulmonary hypertension. Other health risks may include bleeding problems, convulsions, loss of sexual drive, weight loss, severe allergic reactions and suicidal thoughts or actions.
5. What are the side effects of taking this medicine?
Prozac does have its own side effects but its severity may vary from one individual to another. These side effects may include loss of sleep, nervousness, anxiety, sleepiness and nausea.
6. What should I do if I experience any of these side effects?
After taking this drug and you experience any of the side effects or health risks mentioned above, it is best to consult with your doctor immediately. Your healthcare professional may need to decrease your dose or prescribe a totally different medicine for you.
7. Can I buy this medicine without a prescription?
Prozac can only be bought with a doctor’s prescription.