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Prozac was the first of a new generation of antidepressants to come on the market. It works by enhancing the action of a brain chemical called serotonin.
In a few short years this drug has become so popular that, in addition to becoming the most prescribed antidepressant on the physicians' hit parade of drugs, it has become a household name.
Prozac has been featured on the covers of newsmagazines and has even been the subject of a best-selling book (Listening to Prozac).
This success comes largely because Prozac is less likely to cause typical side effects associated with older medications.
Tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil, Tofranil, Sinequan and Pamelor can produce dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, weight gain, and a sluggish or lethargic feeling. Prozac does not.
If anything, it has a slight stimulant action.
Prozac is used in the treatment of depression; it is also approved for treating obsessive compulsive disorder.
Psychiatrists continue to experiment with the use of this medication for eating disorders and other problems.