Prozac (Flouoxetine): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Prozac (Flouoxetine) is an anti-depressant drug and is grouped under Selective Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSNRI).

It is commonly used to treat the depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. It is sometimes used along with the medication called olanzapine (zyprexa) to treat bipolar disorder.

Information about Prozac:

It should not be given to the patient suffering from  glaucoma or if the patient ought to be treated methylene blue injection. It is not to be used if the patient had already treated or undergoing with MAO inhibitors like isocarboxaide, rasagiline.

Some people experience suicidal thoughts when they first taken this drug and the care takers should be alert to change the mood of the patient or control. If you observe this situation in the patient then seeking immediate medical emergency is compulsory  and the behavioural or mood changes include, anxiety, irritability, aggressive restless, hyperactive and etc.

This medicine is not recommended for the children of the age below 18 years and if necessary should be given on doctor’s advice only.

Dosage pattern of Prozac:

Adult dose:

Bulimia

Immediate release oral formulations: The minimum dose is about 60mg to be taken orally once in a day

Use: It is used to treat acute and maintenance treatment of vomiting behavior and bulimia nervosa

Depression:

Immediate release oral formulations:

Initial dose: The minimum dose is about 20mg to be taken orally once a day, increased after several weeks in insufficient clinical effect observed

Maintenance dose: 20-60mg to be taken orally once in a day

Maximum dose should be about 80mg to be taken orally once in a day

Delayed release oral capsule:

Initial dose: The minimum dose is about 90mg to be taken  orally once in a week,

Use: It is used to treat acute and maintenance treatment of major depressive disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder:

Initial dose: The minimum dose is about 20mg to be taken orally once a day. increase after several weeks in insufficient clinical effect observed

Maintenance dose: 20-60mg to be taken orally once in a day

Maximum dose should be about 80mg to be taken orally once in a day

Use: it is used to treat acute and maintenance treatment of obsessions and compulsions in patient with that disease.

For Panic disorder:

Initial dose: The minimum dose  is about 10mg to be taken orally once a day. increase after several weeks in insufficient clinical effect observed

Maintenance dose: 20-60mg to be taken orally once in a day

Maximum dose should be about 60mg to be taken orally once in a day

Use: This medicine is used for acute treatment of panic disorders.

For Depression:

Immediate release oral formulations:

8-18yrs: The minimum dose is about 10mg to be taken orally once in a day. Increase after several weeks in insufficient clinical effect observed up to 20mg once a day

Maintenance dose: is about 20-60mg to be taken orally once in a  day.

Maximum dose: is about 60mg to be taken orally once in a day.

Prozac side effects:

Immediately consult your doctor if any of the following side effects are seen or observed.

Severity: major

  • Restlessness
  • Skin rash
  • Fever with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Excessive hunger
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Headache

Severity: minor

  • Changes in vision
  • Breast enlargement
  • Change in vision
  • Hair loss
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Menstrual pain
  • Weight loss

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