Fluoxetine as an SSRI antidepressant influences brain chemicals that cause depression, anxiety, panic or obsessive-compulsive signs in people. It’s a curative agent for the treatment of an eating disorder, PMDD, panic disorder, depressive disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. For the treatment of manic depression, you may use Fluoxetine together with Zyprexa.
Fluoxetine is a potent drug that works for the treatment of different kinds of disorders such as depression, panic attacks, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, bulimia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It works effectively by affecting positively your appetite, energy level, sleep, and mood. Your trepidation, anxiety or unwanted thought is reduced and your daily living is made lively. The signs of premenstrual dysphoria such as irritability, depression, and interest in eating may be reduced. It may lower binging and purging behaviors in bulimia.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure you adhere to all given instructions both by your doctor or those found on the prescription label. Your dose may be changed at times for effective medical outcome. You are recommended not to take this medication more, less or longer than it is required. Swallow Fluoxetine tablets and don’t chew or crush. Use appropriate measuring object to measure the prescribed quantity in order to get the accurate measurement. Fluoxetine should be taken once per day by patients who are receiving the treatment of a premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It should be consumed during the menstrual period or 2 weeks before it. You are expected not to discontinue the use of this medication even if there is no improvement for the given 4 weeks for symptoms improvement assessments. Avoid a sudden withdrawal from this medication. Inquire from your doctor the best way to safely withdraw from its use.
Ensure you adhere to all the following precautionary instructions:
- Patients who are allergic to Fluoxetine, cured with methylene blue injection and under the medication of pimozide or thioridazine should keep away from its use.
- Patients who use MAO inhibitor in the past 2 weeks should keep away from the use of Fluoxetine.
- Notify the doctor on the intake of any antidepressant medications such as Lexapro, Cymbalta, Symbyax, Celex, Desyrel, Effexor, Pexeva, Luvox, Oleptro, Paxil, Viibryd, or Zoloft.
- Ensure you notified the doctor if you have the following illnesses:
- Kidney disease;
- Cirrhosis of the liver;
- Narrow-angle glaucoma;
- Seizures or epilepsy;
- Manic depression.
- Notify the doctor if you also have a drug abuse or suicidal thoughts history.
- Notify the doctor if you are under electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers should seek medical advice before the use of Fluoxetine.
- Anyone under the age of 18 years old is restricted from the use of Fluoxetine.
Ensure you seek urgent medical attention immediately you begin to experience any symptoms of allergic reactions to Fluoxetine such as hives, skin rash, difficulty in breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Notify your doctor on any new or deteriorating signs such as:
- Changes in mood or in behavior (you need to undergo a frequent medical check up on this because of the effect of antidepressant medications which may lead to suicidal thought).
- Panic attack;
- Trouble sleeping;
- Mental or physical hyperactivity.
The following are the common side effects that require immediate medical help:
- Tremors or shaking;
- Abnormal abdominal reactions such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, upset stomach;
- Dry mouth;
- Vision changes;
- Weight changes;
- Common cold symptoms;
- Impotence and every sex-related medical problems.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided.
Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help.
Interaction with other drugs
You are strictly warned against the use of other drugs that can enhance your sleepiness or decrease your breathing (narcotic pain medicine a muscle relaxer anxiety, seizure or depression drug; prescription cough medicine or a sleeping pill) with Fluoxetine. Being adamant to this warning can lead to obnoxious effects or death. Abstain from the use of the following drugs with Fluoxetine and tell your doctor before using any if necessary:
- Antidepressant medicine;
- A blood thinner;
- Medicine for ADHD or narcolepsy treatment;
- St. John’s Wort;
- Over-the-counter pain medications;
- Migraine headache medicine.