Fluoxetine is an antidepressant. It works restoring serotonin balance that helps to improve mood. The medicine is prescribed for treatment of bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It can be co-administrated with other medicines to treat depression caused by bipolar disorder.
It is recommended to take the medicine as it was prescribed by your doctor. Take it with food or milk. Consult with your doctor regarding proper dose for you. Do not exceed your recommended dose.
Before starting your treatment with Fluoxetine tell your doctor about all conditions you can have especially about kidney disease, liver problems, seizures, diabetes, heart problems, any allergies to medicines. Middle aged people can be more sensitive to Fluoxetine. Pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn't use it.
Patients with hypersensitivity to the drug and who are taking MAO inhibitors can't use it.
Possible side effect
Side effects can be the following, severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination; very stiff muscles, high fever, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, overactive reflexes; headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, confusion, hallucinations, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops, cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; drowsiness, dizziness, feeling nervous; upset stomach, constipation; increased appetite, weight changes; sleep problems; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm, dry mouth.
Fluoxetine can interact with the following medicines: alprazolam; clozapine; flecainide; haloperidol; seizure medication such as phenytoin or carbamazepine; tryptophan; vinblastine; a blood thinner such as warfarin; almotriptan, frovatriptan, sumatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, or zolmitriptan; antidepressants such as amitriptyline, escitalopram, imipramine, sertraline, and others.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time of the next intake just skip it and go back to your schedule.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are vomiting, nausea, fever, rapid or uneven heartbeat, sleepiness, confusion, seizures, fainting, or coma.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 20-25 C (68-77 F).
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