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Prozac Dosage: How do I take this depression medication?

Prozac dosage overview:

prozac - FLUOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDEThe normal Prozac dosage is usually once or twice a day.  Prozac should always be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.  In order to be effective, it should be taken regularly.  You should make a habit of taking your Prozac dosage the same time every day. 

Some people have noted that it may take as much as four weeks before you feel any significant relief from your depression. Also, this depression medication’s effect should last for about nine months after the initial three months treatment regimen.  For individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the full effect may take as much as five weeks to appear. 

 If you miss a dose of Prozac… 

Take the forgotten Prozac dosage as soon as you remember.  If several hours have passed, skip the dose.  Never try to catch up by doubling up on your doses. 

Storage instructions… 

Store at room temperature. 

Recommended Prozac dosage: 

The usual starting dosage of Prozac is 20 mg per day taken in the morning.  Your doctor may increase your dose after several weeks if no improvement has been found.  People with kidney and liver disease, the elderly, and any individual taking other drugs may need to have their dosage adjusted by their physician. 

Prozac dosages above 20 mg daily should be taken once a day in the morning or two smaller doses taken in the morning and also at noontime. 


The usual daily dose for depression ranges from 20 to 60 mg.  For individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the customary Prozac dosage range is from 20mg to 60 mg per day, though occasionally a maximum of 80 milligrams of Prozac is sometimes prescribed.  For bulimia nervosa, the usual Prozac dosage is 60 mg, taken in the morning.  Your doctor may have you start at a lower dosage and increased to this level over a period of time.  The usual dosage for premenstrual dysphoric disorder is 20 mg a day. 

If you happen to be taking a 20 mg dosage of Prozac for depression, the doctor may have you switch to a delayed release formula called Prozac Weekly.  At that time, you may be asked to skip your daily doses for seven days, and then you will take your first weekly capsule. 

Prozac overdosage: 

All medications taken in excess of the recommended amount can be dangerous.  Prozac overdosage can be fatal.  In addition, combining Prozac with certain other drugs may cause symptoms of overdose.  If you suspect an overdose, you should seek immediate medical attention. 

Common symptoms of Prozac overdosage include:

Nausea, rapid heartbeat, seizures, sleepiness, vomiting 

Less common symptoms of Prozac overdosage include: 

Coma, delirium, fainting, high fever, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, mania, rigid muscles, sweating, stupor

By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist    

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