Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Prozac is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat endometriosis. Prozac is also referred to by its drug name, fluoxetine.
Prozac can be used for symptomatic treatment of endometriosis. Prozac is a member of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a brain chemical that is thought to have a positive influence on mood, emotion, sleep, and pain. Prozac is believed to work by keeping serotonin available in the brain for a longer amount of time, which is thought to help relieve chronic pain.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Prozac is taken orally once a day.
Prozac comes in capsule and delayed-release capsule forms. It should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Prozac lists common side effects including abnormal dreams, decreased appetite, anxiety, weakness, diarrhea, dry mouth, nausea and indigestion, insomnia, decreased libido, infections such as sinusitis and pharyngitis, skin rash, drowsiness, sweating, and tremor.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Prozac include suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions, significant weight loss, abnormal bleeding, QT prolongation (an electrical problem in the heart), impaired judgement and motor skills, and serotonin syndrome (a potentially life-threatening condition in which too much serotonin builds up in the body).
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