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    What is Fluoxetine HCl used for?

    Fluoxetine HCl is an antidepressant medication used to treat depression. It is also used to treat anxiety disorders (panic attacks), obsessive–compulsive disorder, certain eating disorders (bulimia nervosa), obesity, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and sleep disorders. It belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Fluoxetine HCl?

    The dosage of Fluoxetine HCl prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    What if you miss a dose of Fluoxetine HCl?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Fluoxetine HCl medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Fluoxetine HCl?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Fluoxetine HCl, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Fluoxetine HCl?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Fluoxetine HCl.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Fluoxetine HCl, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Fluoxetine HCl can interact with other antidepressants, blood thinners, seizure medications, and MAO inhibitors.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Fluoxetine HCl?

    Like other medicines, Fluoxetine HCl can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Fluoxetine HCl are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Fluoxetine HCl cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Fluoxetine HCl develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Fluoxetine HCl can cause side effects such as stuffy nose, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, weakness, tiredness, and constipation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Fluoxetine HCl.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Fluoxetine HCl?

    Is it possible for me to take Fluoxetine HCl with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Fluoxetine HCl?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Fluoxetine HCl?
    How will Fluoxetine HCl work in my body?
    How should Fluoxetine HCl be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Fluoxetine HCl drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Fluoxetine HCl is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2013-02-01
    Any more higher strength available except Prozac 60mg? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, We have Prozac (Fluoxetine) in 10,20,40 and 60mg only. We don't have Prozac(Fluoxetine) more than 60mg and if you want higher dosage, then you can take 2 pills of 10mg or 20mg or 40mg or 60mg to make it as double strength to compensate what ever strength you need to take.
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