Fluoxetine is an antidepressant drug whose trade name is also known as Prozac. This antidepressant belongs to the drug class SSRI or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. It is used for the treatment of many different psychological disorders but it is usually used for the treatment of major depression not only in adults but also in children over 8 years of age. It is also indicated for panic disorder, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), prementstrual dysphoric disorder and bulimia nervosa. Compared to other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), fluoxetine has a powerful energizing effect, which makes fluoxetine very effective for the treatment of depression combined with the symptoms of low energy levels and depressed mood. There is limited information about the manufacturer of Fluoxetine online. In order to contact the company you will need to fill in a form on their official website and send your question. This is the first red flag.
Another negative aspect of the medication is that the manufacturer gives limited information on the ingredients and possible side effects of the product. However, it is mentioned that Fluoxetine under the brand name Eli Lilly' Prozac was approved by the FDA on 29th December 1987. The drug was introduced in the USA at the beginning of 1988; however, in late 2001, Eli Lilly lost a patent dispute with Barr Laboratories. Today, fluoxetine hydrochloride is made by several pharmaceutical companies only. In order to understand whether the drug really works well to treat the higher mentioned disorders, it would be wise to discuss its active ingredients. So, we have done our own research of the topic.
The active ingredient in the medication is fluoxetine hydrochloride in the form of a white to off-white crystalline solid with a solubility of 14 mg per mL in water. It is a long-acting medication that is used for the treatment of depression in patients who have been treated with another form of fluoxetine that needs to be taken on a daily basis. As it was said already, Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These drugs work by restoring the balance of certain substances that naturally occur in the human brain (such as serotonin). These substances are called neurotransmitters. Fluoxetine may improve your mood, decrease anxiety, increase appetite and energy levels, promote good night's sleep, and restore your interest in life.
Before using Fluoxetine, it is recommended to read the Medication Guide provided by your doctor. This should be done every time you get a refill. Consult your doctor if you have any questions. Take this drug by mouth as directed by your doctor. As a rule, it is recommended to take one pill once a week with or without food. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not chew or crush it. Start taking this drug seven days after your last dose of any other form of fluoxetine. The dosage of the medication depends on your response to treatment and medical condition in general. Use this drug regularly to get the most benefit from it. It is advised to take it on the same day and time of the week. You can mark a calendar to remember easier when you should take your next dose. Do not exceed the recommended dose; otherwise you may suffer from unpleasant side effects.
It is important to take this medication as prescribed by your doctor even if you feel well. In you want to stop taking this drug, consult your doctor first. Some people report that their conditions become worse when the drug is stopped suddenly. Your dose needs to be gradually decreased. What are the health dangers associated with the use of Fluoxetine? Let's find out this in the next section of our review.
Fluoxetine is associated with the next common side effects: itching, skin rashes, and restlessness. Less common side effects include muscle or joint pain and fever or chills. Rare side effects include: anxiety, confusion, convulsions (seizures), drowsiness, diarrhea, dry mouth, cardiac abnormalities, excessive hunger, headache, breathing difficulties and increased sweating. If any of the following effects worsen, inform your doctor immediately: nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, tiredness, yawning or sweating. Serious side effects may occur and include severe or unusual mental/mood changes (unusual high energy, agitation, thoughts of suicide), muscle weakness/spasm, easy bleeding or bruising, shakiness, decreased interest in sex, unusual weight loss, changes in sexual ability. Ask for medical help immediately if any of these symptoms occur: bloody /tarry/black stools, fast/irregular heartbeat, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, fainting, kidney problems, seizures, eye swelling/pain/ redness, vision changes or widened pupils.
This is not the full list of side effects. If you have diabetes, avoid using fluoxetine, since it may change your blood sugar levels. This medication may increase serotonin levels and cause a condition called serotonin syndrome. Its symptoms include fast heartbeat, loss of coordination, hallucinations, severe dizziness, twitching muscles, severe nausea/diarrhea/vomiting, unexplained fever, and unusual restlessness. Do not take the drug if you have allergy to any of its components. Do not combine it with other drugs like MAOIs, an SNRI drug, sibutramine, another SSRI, tryptophan, and any fenfluramine derivative. Fluoxetine may increase suicidal thoughts and ideations of pediatric patients. Let us take a look at the actual customers' reviews available online.
"Fluoxetine is a horrible drug. It increased my suicidal thoughts and simply made me feel like zombie. I took it for a few months and now I cannot live normally because of these side effects. Every day I woke up I realized that it was because of the drug. I stopped taking it a few weeks ago and I feel much better."
"I have taken fluoxetine for ten long months at 20mg and then I switched to 40mg. It has worked poorly for my anxiety and depression. I have become unmotivated and anxious due to the medication. But what is worse I became dependent on alcohol. It has no positive effects on me and I want to change the drug but my doctor does not allow this yet."
"Fluoxetine is the worst medication I have ever taken for my depression. From the first pill, I felt heavy headed and drugged within two hours. I also felt woozy, weak, and hyper anxious. My heart kept racing and I couldn't fall asleep at night. I took the tablets for two weeks and then stopped after I almost fainted while driving. It was an absolute nightmare. I will take it never, ever again."
Since Fluoxetine is a popular drug that is used to effectively treat depression and some other psychological disorders, it is no surprise that it comes with a high price. Well, the generic drug fluoxetine is not as expensive as its brand name, Prozac. Its price ranges from about 25 USD to up to 225 USD, based on the necessary dosage (milligram per tablet). For example, one bottle of 40 mg Prozac with 30 pills may cost about 63 USD.
Fluoxetine is a treatment for depression and other psychiatric disorders. It is not always effective for everyone and can be associated with certain side effects. However, to estimate the therapeutic capacity of the product, it should be taken for a long period of time. Besides, this is an expensive drug. Cheaper alternatives may be more beneficial for some patients. The most common side effects include insomnia, rash, nervousness, diarrhea, headache, and decrease in libido. A number of medications may interact with Fluoxetine. To determine whether it is suitable for you, you will need to consult a doctor and consider a variety of factors together with the specialist. At present, I cannot recommend Fluoxetine.