Prozac Weekly

Generic Name: Fluoxetine

  • What is Prozac Weekly?

    Prozac Weekly is an antidepressant medication used in adults for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Prozac Weekly?

    Antidepressants can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressants or are taking a new dose should be watched closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual behavior. Patients and their families should contact the doctor immediately if new symptoms develop or seem to get worse. Signs to watch for include anxiety, hostility, sleeplessness, restlessness, impulsive or dangerous behavior, and thoughts about suicide or dying.

    If you get a rash or hives while taking Prozac Weekly, call your doctor right away because this can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

    Prozac Weekly may cause the development of potentially life-threatening reactions known as serotonin syndrome or neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) when taken alone or in combination with other drugs. Symptoms may include mental status changes, increase in heart rate and temperature, incoordination, hyperreflexia, muscle rigidity, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.

    Prozac Weekly should not be taken in combination with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of drugs used to treat depression, psychiatric or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's disease, or within 14 days before or 5 weeks after treatment with Prozac Weekly. In some cases a serious, possibly fatal, reaction may occur.

  • Who should not take Prozac Weekly?

    Do not take Prozac Weekly while using an MAOI or if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks. You should not use Prozac Weekly if you are taking thioridazine; do not start thioridazine within 5 weeks of stopping Prozac Weekly. You should not take Prozac Weekly if you are taking pimozide.

    If you are allergic to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Prozac or similar drugs, you should not take Prozac Weekly. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Prozac Weekly?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Prozac Weekly. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have have liver problems, seizure or bleeding disorders, or a history of suicide or mania.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Take one Prozac Weekly capsule once every week. You need to wait at least 7 days after stopping your daily dose of Prozac before switching to the once-weekly formulation.

  • How should I take Prozac Weekly?

    Prozac Weekly should be taken once a week exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can take it with or without food. Do not stop taking Prozac Weekly suddenly without first talking to your doctor, since this may cause side effects.

  • What should I avoid while taking Prozac Weekly?

    Prozac Weekly may cause you to become drowsy or less alert and may affect your judgment. Therefore, driving or operating dangerous machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness is not recommended until you know how Prozac affects you.

    Do not drink alcohol while taking Prozac Weekly.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Prozac Weekly?

    If Prozac Weekly is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Prozac Weekly with the following: alcohol, alprazolam, other antidepressants, antidiabetic medications, antipsychotics, blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, carbamazepine, clozapine, desipramine, diazepam, digitoxin, drugs that affect the central nervous system, flecainide, haloperidol, imipramine, linezolid, lithium, narcotic painkillers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen), phenytoin, pimozide, propafenone, sleep aids, St. John's wort, sumatriptan, terfenadine, tryptophan, tramadol, vinblastine, and warfarin.

    Never take Prozac Weekly with MAO inhibitors, thioridazine, or pimozide.

  • What are the possible side effects of Prozac Weekly?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abnormal dreams, abnormal ejaculation, loss of appetite, anxiety, weakness, diarrhea, dry mouth, indigestion, flulike symptoms, impotence, insomnia, diminished sex drive, nausea, sore throat, rash, watery nasal discharges, sleepiness, sweating, tremor, hot flashes

  • Can I receive Prozac Weekly if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Prozac Weekly given late in the third trimester of pregnancy was associated with complications. Prozac Weekly should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. If you are receiving Prozac Weekly during pregnancy, speak to your doctor about switching to other treatment options or lowering the dose.

    Since this medication appears in breast milk, breastfeeding is not recommended while you are taking Prozac Weekly.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Prozac Weekly?

    Take it as soon as possible. If you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular weekly schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Prozac Weekly?

    Store at room temperature away from light.

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