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Prozac and Prozac Side Effects Information

What is Prozac?

Prozac is the first of the SSRI class of drugs to be approved in the USA as a way to treat depression and related symptoms by helping to block serotonin reuptake in the brain. Prozac is used to treat depression, bulimia (an eating disorder), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), and severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder-PMDD). This medication works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain. Prozac has been found to be an effective solution for anxiety and depression related illness. Although many users report feeling better, some users do experience mild to severe prozac side effects.

How does Prozac work to help with anxiety?

Prozac is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor that helps to balance levels of serotonin in the brain. Many studies show this to be a major cause of anxiety and depressive illness.

What are Prozac Side Effects?

Prozac side effects may include: Nausea, headache, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, drowsiness, sweating, or upset stomach may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.

Other side effects of prozac that you should Tell your doctor about immediately if any of they occur: loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, unusual or severe mental/mood changes, uncontrolled movements (tremor), decreased interest in sex, flu-like symptoms (e.g., chills, fever, muscle aches, weakness).

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects of prozac occur: vision changes, trouble swallowing, swelling or white spots on the mouth and/or tongue, changes in sexual ability, painful and/or prolonged erection.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious prozac side effects occur: fainting, irregular/fast heartbeat. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.

Prozac and side effects of this medication may include an allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How Do I Take Prozac?

Take this medication by mouth usually once daily in the morning, with or without food; or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Some medical conditions may require a different dosing schedule (e.g., twice daily in the morning and at noon) as determined by your doctor. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Also, do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. It may take up to 4 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.

More Prozac Side Effects:

To avoid unnecessary side effects of Prozac tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, kidney disease, seizures, heart problems, diabetes, any allergies. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or small amounts of alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Caution is advised when using this product in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits of prozac and side effects with your doctor. This drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding


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