Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor that belongs to a class of medications that are known as antidepressants. Fluoxetine contains fluoxetine hydrochloride. It can be taken in incremental doses of 10mg, 20mg, and 40mg.
How It Works
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can be located in the brain. One of the purposes of serotonin is to improve the emotional state of a person. Therefore, when there is an increased amount of serotonin, individuals tend to feel happier or more satisfied. When this level of serotonin is reabsorbed, however, there is no longer an impact on the mood. As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, Fluoxetine limits the reabsorption of serotonin. Therefore, this happy feeling tends to linger for a longer time.
Fluoxetine is used to treat a variety of mental health disorders. This includes obsessive compulsive disorder, major disorder, panic disorders, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD), and even eating disorders such as bulimia.
A treatment plan that includes Fluoxetine can only be commenced if you have been first evaluated by a doctor. The physician will then be able to create a strategy that will benefit you and your diagnosis properly. It is important to only take Fluoxetine in the amounts that have been deemed to be safe. There should be no alterations made to this dose unless it has been specified by a medical professional.
For children who have been diagnosed with either depression or obsessive compulsive disorders should be given between 10mg and 20mg a day. This is to be taken as a single quantity. It is quite common for the initial dose to begin at 10mg.
The quantities for major depressive disorder, OCD, PDD, and bulimia are often the same for adults. The starting amount begins at 10mg and is gradually raised to 20mg. This is to be taken just one time a day.
Contingent on the response to the dose, patients may be given amounts higher than 20mg. The amount should not exceed 60mg, unless recommended by a professional. If the amount is higher than 20mg, it is split into more than one dose.
There may be certain opposing symptoms that may appear when taking Fluoxetine. The ones that tend to be more apparent are:
Pain in the upper stomach
Inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for long
Disinterest in sex
Loss of appetite
Avoid the consumption of Fluoxetine if:
Allergic to Fluoxetine
Taking thioridazine or pimozide
Undergoing methylene blue injection
Have taken MAO inhibitors in the last two weeks
Prior to taking MAO inhibitors, you have to make sure that you have not ingested Fluoxetine for at least five weeks.
There may be an increase in suicidal thoughts and therefore, those taking Fluoxetine should be watched closely.
Inform a health care specialist if you have been prescribed any other remedies for mental health issues or antidepressants.
Tell a doctor if the following applies to you:
Cirrhosis of the liver
If you become pregnant while taking Fluoxetine, you should speak to a health specialist immediately. You should also know that Fluoxetine can pass through breast milk.