Prozac is an oral drug for depression. It belongs to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI group of drugs. It contains Fluoxetine as its main active ingredient. Like other antidepressant drugs, it affects chemicals in brain responsible for depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms and restores its balance.

Uses of Prozac

Prozac is an oral drug for treatment of major depressive disorder. It is also used for treatment of other mental disorders such as bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder.

Prozac is also used with other medicines such as olanzapine (Zyprexa) for treatment of depression generated by bipolar disorder or manic depression. This combination o drugs is used for treatment of depression, when other drugs fail to treat it.

Doctors may prescribe it for other related disorders.

Precautions before using Prozac

» Patients should tell their doctor about any other antidepressants such as Celexa, Effexor or Lexapro, before using Prozac, as interaction of these drugs with Prozac could yield fatal consequences.

» Prozac should not be used with any monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI, as these drug interactions could be dangerous. There must be at least a gap of 14 days between uses of these two drugs.

» Patients should consult their doctor about any medicine in use before using Prozac as it may create certain health complications by interacting with certain drugs. Patients may ask their doctor before using any other medicine while using Prozac.

» Patients must consult their medical history with their doctor before using Prozac as it may worsen certain medical conditions.

» Some patients may develop suicidal thoughts after using Prozac. Risk is greater in the patient is below 24 years. Caregivers and doctors must be careful and keep a close watch on the patients using Prozac.

» Some patients may develop mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, disturbed sleep, impulsiveness, irritability, agitation, hostility, aggressiveness, restlessness, hyperactivity or worsened depression. Development of any of these symptoms should be reported to the doctor.

» Pregnant patients or patients suspecting or planning pregnancy should not use Prozac as it may lead to birth defects in the newborn. If a patient gets while using Prozac, she should immediately consult her doctor.

» Breast –feeding patients should not use Prozac as it can easily pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.

» It should not be given to patients younger than 18 years old without a doctor’s advice.

» Patients with cirrhosis of the liver should consult their doctor before using Prozac.

» If a patient has or had kidney diseases, he should consult his doctor before using Prozac.

» Patients suffering from diabetes, glaucoma, seizures or epilepsy must consult their doctor before using Prozac.

» Patients with a history of drug addiction, bipolar disorder or manic depression and suicidal thoughts should consult their doctor before using Prozac.

» Patients should stick to the dosages prescribed by the doctor, as its overdose could be fatal.

» Patients should avoid having alcohol while using Prozac as it could worsen certain side effects of Prozac. This medicine could lead to impairment of thinking or reactions.

» Patients should avoid any activity needing mental alacrity as this drug could make them dizzy or drowsy.

» Patients should consult their doctor if they have allergy with Fluoxetine or any other ingredient in Prozac. They should also tell their doctor if they have any other allergy. It is better to avoid Prozac in that case.

» Patients must tell their doctor if they are using Prozac before going for any surgery or dental work.

» Elderly patients may develop bleeding problems, low sodium in the blood or dehydration with use of Prozac. Thus it should be used cautiously in older patients.