Generic Name: FLUOXETINE ENTERIC-COATED - ORAL Pronounced: (flew-OX-eh-teen) Prozac Weekly Oral Precautions
Before taking fluoxetine, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
personal or family history of bipolar/manic-depressive
personal or family history of suicide attempts
low sodium in the blood (such as may occur while taking
"water pills" - diuretics)
severe loss of body water (dehydration)
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use
machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you
Several new medications for the treatment of depression have been introduced over the last 20 years. What has been missing is any consistent data about the effectiveness of these "second-generation" antidepressants.
A team of researchers have now reviewed 117 controlled trials to compare second-generation antidepressants for the acute treatment of unipolar major depressive disorder in adults. The medications were reviewed for efficacy (effectiveness), patient acceptability, and cost.
Researchers reviewed 117 controlled trials of second-generation antidepressants.
These trials had a total of 25,928 participants.
The antidepressants compared were:
Medications were judged by the proportion of patien...
I recently spoke with a friend with diabetes who had just started Prozac. He was amazed to find he was having repeated hypoglycemia within days after starting the drug, and had to cut back on his insulin doses. He obviously wondered if it were somehow due to Prozac.
Prozac has been a wonder drug for the treatment of depression, but it has a possible effect on diabetes that has not been widely recognized. Prozac, a brand name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced in the 1980's, and was the first in a class of antidepressant medications called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). It turns out that Prozac (and other SSRIs) have a possible effect of concern for people with diabetes: they can lower blood glucose enough to require downward adjustment of medications taken for control of diabetes.
I went to the drug's label, as posted at the FDA website. The possibility of hypoglycemia when on Prozac has been in the Prozac label for years. It currently reads :&...
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