Fluoxetine is a prescription antidepressant drug that is widely used alone or in combination with certain other drugs to treat bulimia nervosa, depressive and panic disorder, dysphoric disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The drug is contraindicated to people who have not yet reached the age of 18.
Do not use this medicine without consulting your attending physician. It is forbidden to abruptly stop taking the drug if you are already taking it, as this may cause dangerous symptoms.
Before using Fluoxetine, tell the doctor about any illnesses and negative symptoms you are experiencing or have recently experienced, and tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medicine. Fluoxetine may interact poorly with certain substances and may cause unwanted symptoms if used incorrectly. Older people may be too sensitive to the drug, and young patients may experience suicidal thoughts after the first intake.
Tell your doctor ahead of time if you have ever had diabetes, liver or kidney problems, sexual problems, epilepsy, or urinary problems. Do not take Fluoxetine in New Zealand until you are sure that it is safe for you.
The drug can adversely affect the baby if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not start taking it during pregnancy. But if you are already taking Fluoxetine, then in no case should you stop taking it without consulting your doctor.
Method of Application and Dose
Before using this medicine, you must carefully read the instructions for use of the drug and follow the doctor’s advice. Only your doctor can prescribe the correct dosage, having studied all the features of your medical condition.
The total min in New Zealandimum Fluoxetine dosage for the treatment of bulimia and depression is usually 20 mg and can be as high as 90 mg, depending on the type of the disorder and the type of the treatment. Never try to set the dosage yourself. Only a doctor can prescribe the correct daily dose.
The capsules should be taken whole, without breaking or chewing them. If the medicine is in the form of a liquid, then it is taken using a special dose-measuring device that comes with the drug.
It may take up to 1 month before the medicine starts to give a positive effect. You should visit your doctor in a timely manner throughout the treatment and inform him or her of any changes in your health condition that you notice.
In some special cases, Fluoxetine may be prescribed to patients of the age of 8-18. The initial dosage may vary from 10 to 20 mg daily.
Common side effects may include: insomnia, dizziness, sweating, nervousness, headache, flu and cold symptoms, indigestion, diarrhea.
Serious side effects requiring immediate medical attention may include: allergies, palpitations, nervous system disturbances, chills, vision problems, hallucinations, loss of coordination.
Taking certain drugs combined with Fluoxetine may cause unwanted effects due to negative drug interactions. Ask the doctor for a complete list of the drugs and substances that interact badly with Fluoxetine.
Note that the information in this article is not a complete guide to the use the drug. Before taking it, you should consult your doctor and get a complete list of possible side effects, contraindications and interactions to make sure that the use of this medicine is safe for you.
Do not let anyone use your medicine. Do not adjust the dosage yourself and do not forget to take it in a timely manner according to the instructions.
Store the drug in a safe, dry, cool, dark place, away from children.