Prozac (Fluoxetine)



Capsules and soluble pills of Prozac exert antidepressant effects by blockade of serotonin reuptake in the CNS. This drug is one of the most popular in this class and is prescribed for panic disorders, anxiety, anorexia nervosa, depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and premenstrual syndrome. The capsules are taken with or without food, starting dose of 20 mg once a day. Then increase the dosage every week at 20 mg, increasing it to a maximum of 80 mg. In this case, you need to have 2-3 doses of the drug per day. Therapy is about 3-4 weeks.

Fluoxetine and alcohol

After taking the drug in the body, there is the blockade of serotonin. If you take alcohol, the drug will not increase the level of concentration of alcohol in the blood and won’t increase its effect, but you shouldn’t take it at the same time. The combination of alcohol and Prozac can lead to nervous strain: some neurons are excited by the action of the drug, the other – under the influence of alcohol, thus, there may come a stroke. Even small doses of alcohol reduce all treatment there, still oppressed mental condition and can cause serious complications. Also the antidepressant and the alcohol effect on the liver, and their interaction may amplify the negative impact. Prozac and alcohol – are incompatible concepts, their combination exacerbates depressive disorder and treatment reduces everything to zero at any stage of its passage.

Prozac for weight loss. Fluoxetine for bulimia

Losing weight while taking Prozac is a side effect that make many people think that they can get rid of extra pounds. But it is unwise to take antidepressant for weight loss. Usually Prozac is used to suppress appetite in occasions of overeating, that is, the overuse of food; to activate the nervous system to set the mood with the energy to make a person not be sad with chocolate in hand, but work; to eliminate depression of fat people who seize Tosca-calorie dishes.  If you want to lose weight, you’ll have to take Prozac 1-2 pills a day, but do not prescribe this drug by yourself, it should be prescribed by your doctor.
The drug can cause side effects. They are multi-system, i.e. able to affect every system of the body. Clinically they are expressed with the following states:

  • Maniacal persecution
  • Tendency to suicide
  • Dizziness
  • Shiver
  • Cramps
  • Poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased salivation
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Urinary retention or incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Allergic rashes.

Therefore, any discomfort and deviations in usual behaviour on the background of treatment with Fluoxetine are a need for consultation with the doctor. Such patients may require dose adjustment of the antidepressant or replacing it with another drug.

Overdose symptoms with Fluoxetine

The excess of the recommended dose and frequency of its administration leads to the emergence of a number of symptoms that indicate an overdose. This requires urgent treatment to a specialist, because the risk of death due to complications is high. The main signs of Fluoxetine poisoning are:

  • Mental stimulation
  • The increase in locomotor activity that do not have any focus
  • Convulsions resembling epileptic seizures
  • Arrhythmias of different nature
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea, the climax of which is repeated vomiting.


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