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Fluoxetine HCL

Fluoxetine HCL

Where is Fluoxetine HCL used?

Fluoxetine HCL is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) used to treat:

  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa

This medication helps improve your sleep, mood, appetite, and energy level. This will also help lessen unwanted thoughts, fear, anxiety, and the number of panic attacks. Fluoxetine HCL helps restore your interest in daily living. This is an FDA-approved drug supplied as a capsule for oral use.

How does Fluoxetine HCL work?

Fluoxetine HCL works by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known to be involved in regulating mood, emotions, and behavior. There is a decreased amount of serotonin released from nerve cells in the brain in mental health disorders.

This medication stops the serotonin that has been released from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain. This helps to prolong its effects and over time this helps to lighten the mood and relieve mental health disorders.

How is Fluoxetine HCL taken?

Your doctor may direct you to start at a lower dose and eventually increase it. You should take the right dose, not more or less. Remember to take it at the same time and in the same way each day. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without the consent of your doctor.

  • Fluoxetine HCL is to be taken by mouth usually once a day in the morning or as directed by your doctor.
  • If you are taking the medicine twice, you may take each in the morning and at noon.
  • You may take each dose with or without a meal.
  • Swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while having this medication. Doing so may lessen the risk of certain side effects.
  • Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.

What are the possible side effects of Fluoxetine HCL?

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth

What are the precautions in taking Fluoxetine HCL?

  • Before starting this treatment, discuss with your doctor about fertility. Your ability to become pregnant or father a child may be affected.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are breastfeeding women.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to this drug. This drug may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. This may not be recommended for use if you have a history of an allergic reaction.
  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications including vitamins or herbal supplements.
  • This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not use any machinery or do anything that needs your alertness until you can do it safely.
  • Alcohol can make you dizzier. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • You should not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Let your doctor know if you have a medical history of liver problems, diabetes, or stomach or intestinal ulcers.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children.