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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking fluoxetine if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Fluoxetine for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take fluoxetine.)
 

Alternatives to Fluoxetine

Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
 
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
 
For most people, fluoxetine is quite effective in treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, fluoxetine side effects can occur or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to fluoxetine. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
 
(Click Prozac Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for fluoxetine and Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
 
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