Fluoxetine is what’s known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. The way this medication works is it’s able to have an effect on different chemicals within the brain that can be out of balance in certain people that have depression, panic, anxiety as well as other obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
The main use of Fluoxetine is to help people who have serious depressive problems, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). In some instances this medication can be used in combination with other treatments such as olanzapine (Zyprexa) to help with manic depression brought on by bipolar disorder. This specific combination can be used to treat depression after two medications have been used without success to treat the symptoms.
What are some of the potential common side effects that come with using this medication a user might be at risk for?
Sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams
Headache, dizziness, vision changes
Tremors or shaking, feeling anxious or nervous
Pain, weakness, yawning, tired feeling
Upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Dry mouth, sweating, hot flashes
Changes in weight or appetite
Stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, flu symptoms
Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
What’s the best way to go about taking this medication in order to ensure it works for you the way it’s supposed to?
A doctor is going to give you instructions on the best way to use this treatment in order to avoid side effect risks. If they don’t give you some sort of personalized instructions, then make sure to follow the directions for use that come with the drug. These are usually easy to understand. In some cases a doctor might decide that it’s a good idea to change the dosage. They’ll only do this if they feel like you would benefit from more or if they feel like you don’t need as much.
Make sure to not take more or less of this drug than required.
How do you take this medication in order to be sure that it’s absorbed by the body properly?
It’s going to be important that you don’t crush this drug, break it or open the delayed release capsule version. The safest course of action is to swallow the drug whole.
How long after you start using this medication can you expect to start experiencing the full benefits of it?
The time it’s going to take for a user to see the full benefits of this drug is going to vary based on how serious their condition is and if they have problems with drug use altogether. However it shouldn’t take more than a period of 4 weeks to see symptoms start to get better. You need to make sure you use the drug as told and make sure to let a doctor know if your symptoms don’t get better after a certain time.
Is it safe to stop use of this medication if you feel like it’s no longer providing the benefit it used to or if it’s worked really well?
You’ll need to keep using Fluoxetine for the entire period of time a doctor tells you, even if your symptoms improve. If you suddenly stop use, then you run the risk of experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms that can be avoided. A doctor will let you know the best course of action when it’s time to stop use.