Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain, which helps to improve mood.
Common side effects of Prozac include:
- Decreased appetite
- Sexual problems (decreased sexual desire or ability)
Serious side effects can occur and include:
- Allergic reactions (skin rash, itching, hives, trouble breathing)
- Mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood)
- Abnormal bleeding
- Visual changes
It is important to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you have and all medications you are taking before starting Prozac. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor before taking Prozac.
Note: This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Please consult your doctor for more information about Prozac and its use.