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Tuesday, September 06, 2011 Kate, Community Member, asks

Q: What's The Difference Between Sarafem And Prozac?

Why does one affect me better than the other if they are the same? I have PMDD HELP!!!!!!

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Merely Me, Health Guide
9/10/11 12:16pm

Hi Kate


This is an excellent question for your doctor or pharmacist.  Have you asked your doctor about this?



Here is some information to describe the uses of Prozac and Sarafem.  In researching your question it seems that these are the same med...fluoxetine...but the manufacturer is using a different name, Sarafem, for women who wish to treat their PMDD.  It seems to be more about marketing than any difference in the actual medication.  I had no idea.


If this is true...the name should not matter and the meds will affect you the same. 


Ask your doctor to be sure of this. 


Thank you for your question.





pmdd'd out, Community Member
1/22/14 9:14pm

I was told by my doctor they are in fact, the same, was called Sarafem because of the stigma Prozac has...I would check the dosage on both the prescriptions you had, perhaps they were different mgs?



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By Kate, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/22/14, First Published: 09/06/11