Prozac Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Precautions, Overdose

Prozac Oral: Uses

Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Prozac Oral: Side Effects

The most common side effects of Prozac are mild and go away on their own within a few weeks of starting treatment. These side effects can include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Anxiety
  • Headache

Other side effects of Prozac can be more serious, but they are less common. These side effects can include:

  • Serotonin syndrome (a serious condition that can occur when too much serotonin builds up in the body)
  • Mania
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding problems
  • Liver problems

Prozac Oral: Interactions

Prozac can interact with a number of other medications, including:

  • Other antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Blood thinners
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Lithium
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • St. John’s wort

Prozac Oral: Precautions

Prozac should be used with caution in people with the following conditions:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Prozac Oral: Overdose

An overdose of Prozac can cause a number of serious side effects, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you or someone you know has overdosed on Prozac, seek medical attention immediately.

General Information

It is important to take Prozac exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking Prozac suddenly without talking to your doctor, as this can cause serious side effects.