Important Information on Fluoxetine Treatment

Fluoxetine for Bulimia
Studies have shown it to be effective for treating bulimia in adults. While the antidepressant effects of fluoxetine may take longer to be seen, the effects of fluoxetine for treating bulimia were seen within one week. Also, it helped people with bulimia regardless of whether they had depression or not. It has not been studied in children or teens with bulimia.
 
Fluoxetine for Panic Disorder
Two studies looked at using fluoxetine to treat adults with panic disorder. Up to 62 percent of people taking it were free from panic attacks, compared to only 44 percent of those not taking the medicine. It has not been studied in children or teens with panic disorder.
 

When and How to Take Fluoxetine

Some general considerations for when and how to take this drug include:
 
  • Fluoxetine comes in capsule and liquid form. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
     
  • A long-acting form is also available (Prozac Weekly). Prozac Weekly is taken by mouth once a week. Make sure to swallow the capsules whole (do not open, chew, or crush the capsules).
     
  • If fluoxetine makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If it causes insomnia for you, try taking it in the morning.
     
  • You can take the medication with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • It should be taken at the same time(s) each day (or with Prozac Weekly, the same day each week) to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
     
  • For the antidepressant to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Dosing Information

The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your fluoxetine dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Fluoxetine Dosing for more information about dosing for fluoxetine.)
 
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