Precautions and Warnings With Fluoxetine
Before starting a new medication, make sure to go over all of the drug's precautions and warnings. With fluoxetine, you should look out for any symptoms of serotonin syndrome, be aware of certain drug interactions, and consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Fluoxetine is not suitable for everyone; do not take the medication if you are allergic to any components of the drug, have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks, or are also taking pimozide or thioridazine.
You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac®) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Had a recent heart attack or if you have heart disease
- An irregular heart rhythm
- An electrolyte imbalance
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Suicidal thoughts
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.