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Prozac depression medication- Important facts about this depression medication

Front Image - FLUOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDESome very serious, sometimes fatal reactions have been known to occur when Prozac is used in conjunction with some of  the other depression medications such as the MAO inhibitors  Nardil and Parnate, or when Prozac is discontinued and an MAO inhibitor is then started immediately.  Never take Prozac within at least 14 days of discontinuing therapy with an MAO inhibitor. It is recommended that you usually allow five weeks or more between stopping Prozac and starting an MAO inhibitor.  Also, you’ll need to be very cautious when you have been taking Prozac in high doses for a long period of time.  If you are taking any other type of depression medication, prescription or nonprescription drugs, notify your doctor before beginning Prozac. 

Prozac: When it should not be taken

Prozac should never be taken if you have had an allergic reaction to it or similar depression medications such as Paxil and Zoloft. Also, as previously mentioned, this medication should never be taken with MAO inhibitors or if you’ve ever had any other significant drug reactions.


Prozac: Special precautions

Prozac should never be taken if you are recovering from a heart attack or if you have liver disease or diabetes.  It may cause you to become drowsy or less alert and may also become a factor in reducing your judgment.  You should always beware of any activities such as driving our operating dangerous machinery that requires a very high level of alertness when taking Prozac. 

Prozac has been found to be the cause of dizziness or lightheadedness or actual fainting when getting up from a lying down position.  If getting up more slowly does not help the situation you should contact your doctor immediately.  Also, you should use Prozac with caution if you have a history of seizures.  Always discuss all of your medical conditions with your doctor before taking this depression medication.  If you develop a skin rash or hives while taking Prozac, discontinue use of the medication and notify your doctor immediately. 

Finally, the safety and effectiveness of Prozac has not been established for use with children.

By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist    

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