Prozac which has the generic name Fluoxetine is a drug used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and premenstrual dysphonic disorder. Doctors also prescribe this drug for alcohol dependence, obesity, and cataplexy. It belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs. It is one of the most popular drugs in the world used for treating depression.
Neurotransmitters of the brain are found to have clear impact on mood of a person. This drug helps to restore the chemical balance of the neurotransmitters thus reducing depressive symptoms. Prozac enhances serotonin action in the brain.
Intake of this drug is found to improve the mood, energy levels, sleep and appetite of the patient. It helps to restore the interest of a person in day-to-day activities. Its intake is found to decrease anxieties, obsessions and compulsions. It helps lessen irritability, increased appetite, and depression that precede menstruation. It also helps decrease purging and bingeing behaviors associated with bulimia. Research has found that intake of this drug is very effective in teenagers who undergo depression. It helps to prevent reoccurrence of the symptoms.
You can take the medication orally in the form of pills or as a liquid. Improvement can be seen in about 2 week’s time. The drug is usually taken once during the day. Doctor might advise you to take the drug in the morning and at noon, if you are taking it two times.
Side-effects of the drug include erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia, lack of interest in sex, insomnia, anorexia, somnolence, nausea, tremors, anxiety, nervousness and asthenia.
Complications may arise for some patients leading to rashes, vacuities and even death. Stopping the medication all of a sudden is not considered safe. Withdrawal symptoms include persistent dizziness, somnolesence, etc. It is always better to discuss with your health care professional, slowly reduce the dosage, and stop the medication once you are cured of the illness. Like other antidepressants, Prozac may increase the risk of suicide for patients below the age of 25.
Certain types of medications should not be clubbed with Prozac. Also, alcohol consumption along with the medicaine is considered dangerous. Hence, inform your doctor about the medications you are currently taking before going for an anti-depression treatment with Prozac.
Prozac is a prescription drug. It can be bought from medical shops in you residential area. You may also order them online. However, discuss with your doctor your medical conditions before taking the drug.