Headache, drowsiness, nausea, insomnia, dry mouth, increased sweating, appetite loss, and sexual side effects like decreased libido or ejaculatory dysfunction are possible side effects of Prozac. If Prozac is abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms may also develop.
Prozac capsules come in strengths of 10, 20, and 40 mg. The recommended daily starting dose is 20 mg. You can take Prozac either with or without food.
Take Prozac as soon as you remember if you miss a dose. Skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule if your next dose is almost due. Never combine two doses at once.
The treatment of major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and OCD with Prozac is FDA-approved. Other conditions like premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), social anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may also be treated with prozac "off-label."
Pregnancy is not advised when taking Prozac. Serious birth defects or other issues in newborns are possible side effects of prozac. Additionally, Prozac shouldn't be taken while nursing because it can enter breast milk and have serious negative effects on the nursing infant.
Ask your doctor about the risks of taking Prozac if you intend to become pregnant. You should also discuss the dangers of taking Prozac while nursing with your doctor.
Serious side effects from Prozac are possible. If you experience any of the following signs while taking Prozac, let your doctor know:
-Hallucinations, agitation, fever, rapid heartbeat, stiff muscles, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, and fainting.
-Tannification of the skin or eyes
-Extraordinary bleeding or bruising
Call your doctor right away if you experience any of these signs. If Prozac is abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms may also develop. Never stop taking Prozac without first consulting your doctor. In order to prevent withdrawal symptoms, your doctor may want to gradually reduce your dosage.
Other medications and Prozac may interact. Inform your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and dietary supplements you are taking. MAO inhibitors and Pimozide should not be taken together with Prozac. Avoid drinking alcohol or operating heavy machinery while taking Prozac as it can also make you drowsy.
In order to avoid serious birth defects or other issues for your unborn child, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant while taking Prozac. Additionally, Prozac shouldn't be taken while nursing because it can enter breast milk and have serious negative effects on the nursing infant.
Before taking Prozac, talk to your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, epilepsy, a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or any of the other conditions mentioned above.
Avoid drinking alcohol or operating dangerous machinery while taking Prozac as it may make you drowsy.
Avoid stopping Prozac abruptly without first consulting your doctor as withdrawal symptoms may occur. In order to prevent withdrawal symptoms, your doctor may want to gradually reduce your dosage. It's possible for Prozac to lead to habit formation. Never exceed the dosage, frequency, or duration of treatment recommended by your doctor. You can take Prozac with or without food. Avoid light and moisture when storing Prozac at room temperature. Keep pets and children from accessing Prozac.