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Prozac

What is Prozac

Prozac is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Prozac affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or mood disturbances, eating disorders, or obsessive or compulsive symptoms.

Prozac is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorder, and bulimia (binge eating and purging). Prozac is also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), symptoms of which occur in the week or two before a woman's menstrual period and commonly include irritability, mood swings, and tension as well as the physical symptoms of bloating and breast tenderness.

Prozac may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Prozac

Do not stop taking Prozac without first talking to your doctor. It may take several weeks before you to start feeling better.

What you should find out before taking Prozac

Do not take Prozac if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) during the last 2 weeks. Serious, and sometimes fatal, reactions have occurred when these medicines have been used together. Also, do not take Prozac if you are taking thioridazine (Mellaril). Dangerous, even fatal irregular heartbeats may occur if these medicines are taken together. You must wait 5 weeks after stopping Prozac before taking thioridazine (Mellaril).

Before taking Prozac, tell your doctor if you
- have liver disease;
- have kidney disease;
- have diabetes;
- suffer from seizures; or
- suffer from mania or have suicidal thoughts.

You may not be able to take Prozac, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Prozac is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Prozac will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Prozac without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Prozac passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take Prozac without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Prozac

Take Prozac exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with water.

To ensure that you get the correct dose, measure the oral solution with a dose-measuring cup or spoon, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Prozac may be taken with or without food.

Try to take Prozac at the same time each day.

Take Prozac Weekly on the same day each week as directed by your doctor.

Do not stop taking Prozac without first talking to your doctor. It may take several weeks before you to start feeling better.

It is important to take Prozac regularly to get the most benefit.

Your doctor may want to perform tests or schedule appointments to monitor your treatment with Prozac.

Store Prozac at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

Symptoms of a Prozac overdose include nausea, vomiting, tremor, agitation, seizures, drowsiness, hyperactivity, and enlarged pupils.

Avoid while taking Prozac

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Prozac may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness or dizziness while taking Prozac.

Possible side effects of Prozac

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Prozac and contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- an irregular heartbeat or pulse;
- low blood pressure (dizziness, weakness);
- high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision);
- chills or fever;
- unusual bleeding or bruising;
- a rash or hives.

If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, continue taking Prozac and talk to your doctor:
- headache, tremor, nervousness, or anxiety;
- difficulty concentrating;
- nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, or changes in appetite or weight;
- weakness;
- increased sweating;
- sleepiness or insomnia; or
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Prozac

Do not take Prozac if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) during the last 2 weeks. Serious, and sometimes fatal, reactions have occurred when these medicines have been used together. Also, do not take Prozac if you are taking thioridazine (Mellaril). Dangerous, even fatal irregular heartbeats may occur if these medicines are taken together. You must wait 5 weeks after stopping Prozac before taking thioridazine (Mellaril).

Before taking Prozac, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- a benzodiazepine such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), temazepam (Restoril), triazolam (Halcion), and others;
- a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil), imipramine (Tofranil), doxepin (Sinequan), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others;
- St. John's wort;
- a phenothiazine such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), perphenazine (Trilafon), prochlorperazine (Compazine), and others;
- lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith, others) or haloperidol (Haldol);
- almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), or zolmitriptan (Zomig);
- carbamazepine (Tegretol) or phenytoin (Dilantin);
- warfarin (Coumadin); or
- digoxin (Lanoxin).

You may not be able to take Prozac, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Prozac. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

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