Fluoxetine is classified in the family of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors; it is a custom pharmacy drug that helps to balance chemicals in the brain by increasing serotonin. People who suffer from panic disorders, anxiety, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, bulimia nervosa, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, all may benefit from fluoxetine. Those who struggle with one of bipolar disorder's crippling symptoms, manic depression, may be prescribed olanzapine along with fluoxetine, as the combination has shown some success in treatment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Never take medications or drugs in combination without being expressly authorized to do so by your primary care physician. Some drugs may interact negatively with others and as such may be very dangerous when taken together. If you're seeing a new physician make sure to always inform all physicians about which medication or drugs you are taking, or were taking recently (as medication and drugs may linger in your system for weeks after you cease taking them).
Fluoxetine can be compounded by your compounding pharmacist into many different forms for administration such as tablets, capsules, delayed-release capsules, and liquid solutions. The instructions for dosage and usage vary between forms, consult with your prescribing physician for information and directions. Fluoxetine should be taken exactly as directed by your physician. Never double dose, and follow time schedules for dosage precisely.
Side effects vary based on an individual's body chemistry as no two people are alike; thus, it is impossible to predict if a patient will experience a few, several, or no side effects at all. Consider any changes you experience and watch for side effects. If side effects experienced become more intense, continue, or cause any pain or discomfort, contact your physician. Some of the regularly experienced side effects are listed below for your convenience:
Some patients may experience severe side effects. If you are experiencing any side effects that feel severe, seek medical assistance right away. A partial list of some of the severe side effects patients have experienced is below:
Always consult your physician about possible drug interactions and specific contraindications before beginning use of any new drug.
Fluoxetine is strictly contraindicated for anyone who is taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or who has taken an MAOI in the recent past. Talk to your doctor about your drug history and current medications.
Fluoxetine is strictly contraindicated for anyone who is taking thioridazine or who has taken thioridazine in the recent past. Talk to your doctor about your drug history and current medications.
WARNING: Fluoxetine may cause suicidal thoughts in some younger patients. If you are experiencing any suicidal thoughts get emergency medical assistance immediately.
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