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What is Prozac?
Prozac is a synthetic compound which inhibits the uptake of serotonin in the brain and is taken to treat depression. The drug is in the group of SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) that is administered for daily use during a therapy course that lasts between 2 and 6 weeks. The medication is used by patients with depression, panic disorder, anxiety, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), eating disorders and other conditions as indicated by the prescriber.
Prozac is a powerful a very well recognized oral drug used for the treatment of a vast number of psychiatric disorders that include depressive states, sleep and eating disorders, alcoholism. This remedy improves the mood, reduces stress, anxiety and fear, and eliminates dysphoria. It does not cause orthostatic hypotension, sedation, and has no cardiotoxicity. The drug starts producing a resistant clinical effect after 1-2 weeks of treatment.
How to use Prozac?
The drug needs to be taken as directed by the prescriber. Do not increase the dose of your own accord and do not interrupt the dosing schedule abruptly, as it may cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Prozac is an oral drug, which means that you should take it by mouth with a sufficient quantity of water before or with meals. Taking pills with meals reduces the risk of adverse effects like nausea and upset stomach.
The initial dose in patients with depression is 20mg / day every morning, if necessary, increase the dose weekly by 20mg / day after consulting your physician. The maximum daily dose is 80mg in 2-3 doses. For bulimic and elderly patients the dose is 60mg in divided between 3 doses, obsessive-compulsive disorder – 20-60mg / day. Supportive therapy presupposes 20mg / day. The course of treatment lasts from 3 to 4 weeks.
When treating patients with weight deficiency and anorectics, the effects of possible progressive loss of body weight should be taken into account. In patients with diabetes, the appointment of fluoxetine increases the risk of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia upon removal. In this regard, insulin and / or any other hypoglycemic drugs taken by mouth must be prescribed. Prior to the significant improvement in the treatment of patients, they should remain under medical supervision. During the treatment course, patients should refrain from receiving ethanol and classes of potentially hazardous activities that require attention and speed of mental and motor responses. The interval between the end of MAO inhibitor therapy and initiation of treatment with fluoxetine should be at least 14 days between the end of treatment with fluoxetine and initiation of therapy MAO inhibitors – at least 5 weeks. In the elderly and patients with hepatic conditions, the treatment should begin with half the dose.