(Brand Name: Prozac, Sarafem)
Fluoxetine was discovered by Eli Lilly and Company in 1972 and entered medical use in 1986 and is available on prescription in either tablet or capsule form.
- It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for Fluoxetine to work
- Check with your doctor before starting to take Fluoxetine if you are trying to become pregnant, or plan to discontinue it if you’re already pregnant or you are breastfeeding
- Take Fluoxetine once a day. You can take it with or without food
- If you have an eye problem called glaucoma please tell your doctor because Fluoxetine can increase eye pressure
- If you have diabetes, Fluoxetine can make it more difficult to keep your blood sugar stable. Monitor your blood sugar more often for the first few weeks of taking and consult your doctor
- In the United States, the FDA require all antidepressants including Fluoxetine to carry a warning that antidepressants may increase the risk of suicide in people younger than 25.
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