Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987 to treat depression. In people with fibromyalgia, Prozac can help improve mood and reduce fatigue. Prozac may also help reduce pain, sleep problems, and fatigue. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine hydrochloride.
Prozac should be used with caution in people who have a history of depression, seizures, anorexia, glaucoma, and heart problems, as well as those who are taking diuretics.
Prozac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) class. Prozac is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
How do I take it?
Your doctor will likely prescribe a low initial dose of Prozac and increase the dosage gradually in order to avoid side effects.
Prozac is taken orally one or more times a day. If taken once a day, Prozac should be taken in the morning.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Prozac.
Clinical studies have found that between one-third and half of people with fibromyalgia respond to treatment with SSRI medications.
Serious side effects of Prozac can include serotonin syndrome, which may be life-threatening. The risk for serotonin syndrome is greater in people who are also taking certain other medications at the same time as Prozac. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome include hallucinations, delirium, dizziness, fast heart rate, tremors, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. Seek medical help immediately if you experience these symptoms while taking Prozac.
Common side effects of Prozac include nausea, skin rash, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, and sweating.
Notify your doctor if you experience vision changes, abnormal bleeding, or suicidal thoughts while taking Prozac.
Many drugs can cause allergic reactions that, in the most serious cases, can result in death. Seek immediate medical help if you experience signs of a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, eyes, lips or tongue.