Prozac 20mg (Fluoxetine)
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Antidepressant Medicine – Prozac 20mg
Antidepressants are the drugs given to the person going through clinical depression. Depression is becoming a very common issue affecting millions worldwide. In depression the person is in a constant sad state, has sometimes suicidal thoughts and loses interest in daily activities. It feels like carrying a heavy burden on your back, it is one of the common mental health disorders.
There are many antidepressants in the market which help the patients get out of the depressive state, though they have their own limitations.
What is Prozac 20mg?
Prozac 20 mg is the one of the brand name for fluoxetine oral capsules. Fluoxetine is the main component of the Prozac 20 mg medicine. Other inactive components are
There is both branded and generic Prozac available in the market. You can buy over the counter Prozac online for a great price compared to regular in-store pharmacies.
A Prozac is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Prozac was first introduced in the year 1988 in U.S., and since then has become quite popular for its usage as antidepressant. It is estimated that around 1 in 10 people are using SSRI medicines and if we take women of 40s and 50s it is 1 in 4.
What is Prozac 20mg used for?
Prozac is prescribed for the treatment of the following:
Suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Major Depressive Disorder.
Eating disorders and vomiting due to Bulimia Nervosa.
Suffering from panic attacks due to agoraphobia.
Recommended Usage and Dosage
Generally the usage and dose of these medicines are individually determined by the doctors. The doctors take a look at your condition and will then prescribe a dose that is suitable for you. But there are some general guidelines which one can go through before getting on the medication.
The dosage is based on the illness for which it is given. Let’s have a look:
Bulimia – It is 60 mg per day with 2 to 3 times daily. Initially the doctor could prescribe a lesser dose and if need be will increase it gradually up to 60 mg per day.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – 20 mg dose per day is prescribed by the doctor every day and if not much improvement is there than the dosage is increased to up to 60 mg per day to 2 – 3 times a day. Maximum dosage given is 80 mg per day.
Depression – Initially 20 mg dose per day is prescribed and if not much improvement is seen than the dosage is increased to up to 60 mg per day to 2 – 3 times a day. Maximum dosage given is 80 mg per day.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – It is generally prescribed during the menstrual time. The continuous dosage is 20 mg per day for all of the days of your menstrual cycle. It can be taken in cyclic pattern also like starting it 14 days before your menstrual cycle to the first day of menstrual period and again repeated in each cycle. The maintenance dosage is between 20- 60 mg per day and maximum 80 mg / day is prescribed.
Panic Disorder – Initially 10 mg per day, and after a week it is increased to 20 mg per day, for maintenance it ranges from 20- 60 mg and 80 mg/ day is the maximum dosage prescribed.
One can buy an over the counter Prozac from few selected pharmacies. Generic Prozac and branded prozac are made from the same active ingredients (fluoxetine), the only difference between a generic Prozac and branded Prozac is the company name that manufactures it.
Potential Side Effects of Prozac 20mg
As with all medicines out there, there are various side effects that are associated with the Prozac 20mg. The people who are prescribed this medicine despite of their age need to be carefully monitored and watched.
Some other side effects that have been noted are:
Anxiety and nervousness
Decreased libido and sexual dysfunction
Inflammation of the mucous membrane
Yawning , Drowsiness, and Insomnia
Lack of bodily strength
Rash on skin
Widening of the blood vessels
Also there are some warnings that are given about Prozac 20mg which should be taken seriously like:
Prozac should not be mixed with medicines like:
- MAOIs – monoamine oxidase inhibitors like Pimozide
CYP2D6 given drugs metabolized
TCAs – tricyclic antidepressants
It increases suicidal tendencies in a person younger than 25 years of age. The risk reduces as the age increases.
It is warned to not to give these medicines to children below 7 years of age.
The person who has been advised to take Prozac 20mg should be observed closely and diligently. Though suicidal tendencies are found in young adult, still others should also be monitored.
Please keep these pointers and warnings in mind before we start taking the medication.