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Fluoxetine is an antidepressant of the drug group selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It prevents anxiety, nervousness, depression, and panic attacks by protecting the brain from the formation of chemicals whose imbalance results these symptoms. As it is an antidepressant, it is mainly used to the treatment of major depressive disorder. Other than these, it also works on panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorder (bulimia nervosa), bipolar disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Avoid Fluoxetine if you are currently using an MAO inhibitor as this will lead to some serious and crucial side effects. Wait for five weeks after stopping Fluoxetine before start taking an MAO inhibitor. You should report immediately to the prescribing doctor if you have worsening indications like angst, panic attacks, sleeping problems, aggressiveness, hostile feelings, and mental or physical hyper reactions. Don’t take this antidepressant if you are going to become pregnant. However, don’t stop using it suddenly without talking to your doctor. Kidney disease, diabetes, glaucoma, liver cirrhosis or seizure patients should seek advice from their doctor about using this drug. Dry mouth, upset stomach, weight change are the common side effects. Suicidal thoughts can be dangerous to the young patients of depression, so discuss it with your physician if you have it. Make regular visit to the doctor for at least first 12 weeks of treatment with Fluoxetine. It should not be taken by anybody of age less than 18.
Follow the prescription labels and directions provided by your doctor unerringly in time of taking Fluoxetine. Do not chew or crush any capsule to prevent releasing much drug at one time, just swallow it totally. Take the dose in exact amount by measuring in a measuring spoon or cup. It usually takes four weeks for improvement. Nausea, vomiting, sleeping, rapid heartbeat are the familiar signs of overdose. So consult and receive medical attention as soon as you realize an overdose.