Treating Various Conditions With Fluoxetine
Fluoxetine Dosage for Bulimia
The recommended fluoxetine dose for bulimia is 60 mg once a day. However, your healthcare provider may decide to prescribe a lower dose in certain situations, such as for elderly people or for people with liver problems.
Fluoxetine Dosage for Panic Disorder
The recommended starting dosage of fluoxetine for people with panic disorder is 10 mg once daily. After one week, your healthcare provider may increase the dose to 20 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the fluoxetine dosage if symptoms continue or decrease the dose if side effects occur. The maximum recommended dose for panic disorder treatment is fluoxetine 60 mg per day.
Fluoxetine Dosage in Combination With ZyprexaWhen combined with Zyprexa® (olanzapine), fluoxetine is approved treat depression associated with bipolar disorder and treatment-resistant depression (depression that was not helped by at least two different antidepressants). For these uses, the starting dosage of fluoxetine is 20 mg daily, in combination with Zyprexa 5 mg daily. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dosage of each medication as necessary.
Fluoxetine Dosage for PMDD
Some forms of fluoxetine (Sarafem® and Selfemra™) are approved to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). There are two options for fluoxetine dosing for PMDD. Fluoxetine can be taken every single day, or it can be taken just during the last two weeks of your menstrual cycle (two weeks before you expect your period).
Either way, the recommended starting fluoxetine dose is for PMDD is fluoxetine 20 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to fluoxetine 60 once a day if necessary.
Fluoxetine Dosage in Children and Teens
The starting dose of fluoxetine for children and teens is usually 10 mg or 20 mg once daily. Your child's healthcare provider will take into consideration your child's age, weight, and medical conditions to choose a fluoxetine dose for your child. Fluoxetine is approved for use in children and teens with depression, OCD, or (when used in combination with olanzapine) depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder; fluoxetine has not been adequately studied in children and teens with bulimia or panic disorder.