The main active component of this medication is Fluoxetine Hydrochloride, which is the hydrochloride salt form of fluoxetine, a diphenhydramine derivative, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with antidepressant, anti obsessional, and antibulimic effects. It binds to the presynaptic serotonin receptor resulting in negative allosteric modulation of the receptor complex, to block the recycling of serotonin by the presynaptic receptor. Inhibition of serotonin reuptake by fluoxetine enhances serotonergic function through serotonin accumulation in the synaptic space, resulting in long-term desensitization and downregulation of 5HT1 receptors leading to antidepressant, anti obsessional, and antibulimic effects via various nerve pathways in the brain.
Fluoxetine-composed medicine Prozac is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, a certain eating disorder, and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome i.e. premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
It may improve mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It might decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks. It may also reduce the urge to perform repeated tasks that interfere with daily living. It may lessen premenstrual symptoms such as irritability, increased appetite, and depression. It might decrease binging and purging behaviors in bulimia.
Given antipsychotic medication works by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin helps maintain mental health balance. An increase in serotonin helps to treat symptoms of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, and panic attacks. Prozac also treats the mood-related symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
This effective medicine is available for oral consumption and in dosage as mentioned below:
- 10 mg: It is to be consumed as directed by the doctor, usually once a day in the morning
- 20 mg: Take this tablet once in the morning as prescribed by the doctor
- 40 mg: It is to be administered with or without food exactly as directed by the doctor
- 60 mg: Consume this pill once a day before or after a meal as advised by the doctor
This medicine shall be consumed exactly as prescribed by the doctor.
What is Prozac?
Prozac is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It affects chemicals in the brain that might be unbalanced in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
What is Prozac used for?
Prozac is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
Can Prozac be consumed in combination?
Prozac is sometimes used together with another medication called olanzapine (Zyprexa) to treat manic depression caused by bipolar disorder. This combination is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
How to consume Prozac?
Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release Prozac Weekly capsule. Swallow the capsule whole. It may take up to 4 weeks before the symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell the doctor in case symptoms do not improve.
Can the consumption of Prozac be stopped immediately?
Do not stop using Prozac suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.