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Prozac Side Effects

Approved by the FDA in 1986/1987, Prozac (generic name, Fluoxetine) is undoubtedly one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants ever. Prozac is typically prescribed for the treatment of continuing major depression, that is, depression that interferes with daily functioning. The symptoms of major depression often include changes in appetite, sleep habits, and mind/body coordination; decreased sex drive; increased fatigue; feelings of guilt or worthlessness; difficulty concentrating; slowed thinking; and suicidal thoughts. Prozac may also be prescribed at times for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder, (including panic associated with agoraphobia - a severe fear of being in crowds or public places).

Prozac Side Effects

While not everyone taking Prozac will experience any side effects, the side effects that some experience will likely include loss of appetite, tremors, dry mouth, sweating, nausea, difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, anxiety, nervousness, weakness, decreased sex drive, impotence, and/or yawning. These side effects tend to be mild and typically disappear within a few weeks of starting treatment. Generally also, these side effects are not consider serious enough to cause most individuals to stop taking Prozac entirely. If however you are tkaing Prozac and develop a rash, let your doctor know immediately.

It is quite possible for side effects other than those listed here to occur. If this happens and/or if any seem particularly strange or bothersome, contact a healthcare provider.

Special Prozac Precautions

A rash may be a sign of a serious medical condition. See your doctor immediately if you are taking Prozac and develop a rash. Also, you should never take Prozac at the same time as or within 2 weeks of stopping a type of antidepressant medication that is known as an MAO inhibitor. You should not take MAO inhibitors for at least 5 weeks after stopping Prozac.

If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Prozac or similar drugs (such as Paxil and Zoloft), you should not take Prozac. Ensure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced in the past.

Thioridazine should not be administered with Prozac or within a minimum of 5 weeks after PROZAC has been discontinued.

Unless you are directed to do so by your doctor, do not take Prozac if you are recovering from a heart attack or if you have liver disease or diabetes. Prozac should be used with caution if you have a history of seizures. You should discuss all of your past and current medical conditions with your doctor before taking this medication.

Prozac may cause you to become drowsy or less alert and may affect your judgment. Thus, driving or operating dangerous machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness is not recommended while taking this drug.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Prozac. If Prozac is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Prozac with any prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Warning: This information is intended to supplement, not be a substitute for the expertise and judgment of a doctor. Please consult a doctor for final and more detailed information about the possible side effects of this prescription medication.
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