Prozac is an antidepressant medication used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Prozac is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, or an SSRI used to stimulate neurotransmitters to communicate between brain cells.

Prozac Precautions and Warnings

Please have conversations with your doctor to determine if Prozac is right for you. If you have other medical conditions including, but not limited to the following, Prozac might not be the option.

  • Box Warning: Prozac has a boxed warning, which is the most serious of the Food and Drug Administration about drug effects that may be dangerous. You should speak with your doctor in detail about medication you have taken and are currently taking to see if Prozac is the right choice for you.
  • Previous Medications: Speak to your doctor about any current or previous medications you have been prescribed to see how they interact with Prozac and if it will be an issue for your treatment.
  • Allergic Reactions: If you have had any allergic reactions to Prozac or its ingredients, console with your doctor to see what an alternative treatment plan is.
  • Age: Children under the age of 7 are not recommended to take Prozac.
  • Low Salt Levels: Prozac lowers the amount of salt in your blood. Symptoms of this include headaches, weakness, confusion, trouble concentrating, and more. Please speak to your doctor about your salt levels before being prescribed Prozac.
  • Bipolar Disorder, Mania, or Hypomania: If you or a family member has ever struggled with bipolar disorder or hypomania, Prozac is not recommended. Prozac can increase the risk of a manic episode. It must be taken in conjunction with another medication to treat depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, please speak with your doctor about Prozac if it is right for you. If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed please speak to your doctor if Prozac is right for you or an alternative plan of feeding your child – it can be passed into breast milk.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: Antidepressants can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts. After beginning Prozac you are higher risk of these feelings for the first few months. Speak to your doctor right away if you have:
    • New or worsening depression
    • New or worsened anxiety
    • New or more severe panic attacks
    • New or increases trouble sleeping
    • New or increased irritability
    • Impulsive actions
    • Manic-like episodes
    • Thoughts of self harm or suicide

Side Effects of Prozac

If you begin taking Prozac and experience any reaction such as swelling of the face, throat, or mouth please seek medical attention immediately. If you begin taking Prozac and you are worried about the side effects you begin experiencing, please contact your doctor to speak about it.

Severe Side Effects

  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Activation of mania/hypomania
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Impaired judgment
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Problems with blood sugar control
  • Allergic reaction
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Low sodium levels

Mild Side Effects

  • Hot flashes
  • Sinusitis infection
  • Yawning
  • Flu symptoms
  • Indigestion
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Tremor
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia
  • Increased sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Low libido
  • Sexual dysfunction

Drug Interactions with Prozac

Prozac might interact with other medications you are prescribed, supplements you take, or herbal medications. Please consult your doctor about medications you are prescribed or medications you take to see if Prozac will have an interaction. If you are taking any of the following medications, please speak with your doctor about taking them in conjunction with Prozac:

  • Serotonergic drugs
    • Triptans
    • Triclyic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Opioids
  • Pimozide
  • Anticonvulsants
  • NSAIDS

Strengths and Dosages of Prozac

Prozac comes in the form of a tablet that is disintegrating or in week long release capsules. Depending on age and what Prozac is being prescribed for, the lowest dosage is 10mg and not to exceed 80mg per day. A typical dose is 20mg. You should take Prozac in the morning. Speak with your doctor about when you should be taking your Prozac, how often, and when.

FAQ’s of Prozac

What is Prozac used for?

Prozac is used to treat depression, bulimia, OCD, panic disorder, and PMDD.

How long does it take for Prozac to work?

You can expect to see a change in as little as one week and up to eight weeks.

How long does Prozac stay in your system?

It stays in your system for approximately one month.

What does Prozac feel like when it starts working?

You may feel lower levels of anxiety, restlessness, or tiredness after beginning Prozac.

How to taper off Prozac?

Consult with your doctor. You will lower your dosages and eventually frequency.

How long does it take for Prozac to leave your system?

It can take up to one month or longer to leave your system.

Why do doctors prescribe Wellbutrin and Prozac together?

Prozac and Wellbutrin can be prescribed together to help treat depressive or anxious feelings and thoughts.

Does Prozac cause weight gain?

Prozac can cause weight gain. If you feel your weight gain is significant, please seek your doctor’s opinion.

Does Prozac cause heartburn?

Heartburn can be a side effect of Prozac, though not extremely common.

How long can a Prozac headache last for?

Expect a Prozac induced headache to go away within the first week of being prescribed. If this is not the case, consult your doctor.

What happens if you stop taking Prozac?

If you suddenly stop you will experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, irritability, and more.

What happens if you take too much Prozac?

Prozac is not a commonly overdosed medication, but if you take too much you may experience fainting, exhaustion, confusion, and more.

How long does Prozac withdrawal last?

Withdrawals from Prozac can last weeks up to months.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Prozac?

Prozac increases your risk of drowsiness. You may drink but avoid heavy drinking.

Can I consume cannabis while taking Prozac?

Prozac can alter your tolerance levels and the effectiveness of the medication in conjunction with cannabis. Please consult your doctor about cannabis consumption while prescribed Prozac.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.

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