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Prozac (Fluoxetine)

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What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Description

Chemical Name: FLUOXETINE (floo-OX-uh-teen)

Prozac is a CAPSULE and CANNOT be split in half.

PROZAC is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. It is used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It also is used in combination with olanzapine (Zyprexa) for treatment of resistant depression and treatment of depression associated with bipolar disorder. This combination is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Directions

Take PROZAC exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to obtain optimal results. Swallow it whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using PROZAC as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. Do not stop using PROZAC suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to stop using PROZAC.

Cautions

To make sure you can safely take PROZAC, tell your doctor if you have:

  • cirrhosis of the liver
  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • seizures or epilepsy
  • bipolar disorder (manic depression)
  • a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts
  • are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or planning on breastfeeding
  • are taking any other antidepressants
Patients may have experience thoughts about suicide while taking an antidepressant, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Tell your doctor if you have worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several weeks of treatment with Prozac, or whenever your dose is changed.

Side Effects

Most medications can cause side effects which can be defined as an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can range from mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Side effects are not experienced all patients who take this medication. Many side effects can be managed, and others may go away over time.

Common side effects may include nervousness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, upset stomach, dry mouth, sore throat, drowsiness, weakness, shaking hands that you cannot control, loss of appetite, weight loss, changes in sex drive or ability and excessive sweating.

Serious side effects may include:

  • severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
  • very stiff (rigid) muscles,
  • high fever
  • fast or uneven heartbeats
  • tremors, overactive reflexes
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling unsteady
  • loss of coordination
  • headache
  • trouble concentrating
  • memory problems
  • weakness, fainting
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • seizure
  • shallow breathing or breathing that stops
Get emergency medical attention if you have any signs of an allergic reaction (hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat). Stop using PROZAC immediately and call your doctor at once if you experience any of the above noted serious side effects.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.

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