What is Prozac

Prozac is fluoxetine basically used as an antidepressant. Prozac is a prescription drug used to treat depression. Prozac should be consumed exactly as prescribed by the health care professional. It is used to treat major depressive disorders, eating disorder bulimia nervosa, OCD obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Panic Disorder. Along with these Prozac is sometimes prescribed for purposes not mentioned here. A major Side Effect of Prozac is Suicidal Thoughts. For 12 weeks after starting treatment by Prozac, Consulting the doctor is important specially if Young adults within 25 years of age have been prescribed.

Pregnancy while taking Prozac needs to be dealt with caution. The new born can have lung problems but discontinuing Prozac is also not advised as it can result in relapse of depression. Consulting a doctor immediately is required if conception happens while under the treatment of Prozac.

The health care professional needs to be informed in case any of the following drugs is already being used Any MAO inhibitor, Pimozide, Thioridazine. Combining any of these medications with Prozac can lead to serious and sometimes fatal repercussions.

Doctors need to be informed when they are prescribing Prozac of any of these conditions:

  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • History of drug abuse

A major side effect of Prozac as with any other anti depressant is weight gain. Though there is no conclusive proof on it being caused by this specific anti depressant, the gained weight can easily be shed also. Adding Vitamin D and chromium picolinate supplements to the diet helps in shedding pounds. Increasing physical activity and weight training like lifting weights is also an effective tool to loose the weight gained while taking Prozac.

Immediate medical attention is required if overdosed on Prozac. Seizure, Nausea, Erratic heartbeat and coma can be caused by an overdose of Prozac. Drinking of alcohol is a strictly to be avoided while taking Prozac as it can impair thinking and reactions.

Another medication prescribed with Prozac often is Olanzapine.Thos drug is used to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder. This combination of drugs is only given after failure of at least 2 other medications to treat symptoms of manic depression.

Being a psychological drug with side effects bordering on bringing other psychiatric thought, Prozac is prescribed with extreme care and is a controlled drug not easily available. Obtaining Prozac without prescription is a crime.

Prozac has the infamous distinction of being a highly addictive drug with serious withdrawal effects if unprescribed. Notorious for being black marketed due to being addictive; Prozac is a drug that has to be monitored with utmost care.