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ProzacProzac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It is approved for the treatment of major depression which includes children’s depression. It is also prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder in both adults and children, panic disorder, bulimia nervosa and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Prozac remains very popular despite the availability of newer agents. It has also been used for obesity, cataplexy, and alcohol dependence. In a six week long double-blind controlled trial, this drug was shown to be very effective for depression, and also alleviated anxiety and helped improve sleep.

About Prozac

There are some common side effects such as sexual dysfunction specifically; side effects often include having a difficult time becoming aroused, a lack of interest in sex, erectile dysfunction, and anorgasmia which is the inability to achieve orgasm. Prozac carries a risk for unborn infants if taken during pregnancy.  It is recommended not to take it while nursing an infant as the drug is excreted into the breast milk. There have been several cases that describe severe withdrawal or discontinuation symptoms that follow abrupt interruption of Prozac treatment. However, there have been several studies that have shown the side effects of the it discontinuation are uncommon and usually mild, when compared to paroxetine, fluvoxamine, and venlafaxine. In a 2007 summary report of available evidence, Prozac had the lowest reports of withdrawal syndrome of several antidepressants which include paroxetine and venlafaxine. According to the FDA, users of antidepressants who are under the age of 25 may be at an increased risk for suicide.

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If you or a family member takes Prozac, look for any worsening conditions and report them to your physician immediately.  For more information or addiction help, contact one of our experienced counselors today.

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