Prozac (fluoxetine)

Prozac (fluoxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It’s more energizing than other antidepressants, so it may not be the best choice for people who have trouble sleeping.

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Upsides

  • Effectively treats a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, OCD, and panic disorder.
  • It’s more energizing than other antidepressants, so it’s good for people who have low energy.
  • Might be a good option for treating children with depression and/or OCD.
  • Doesn’t have effects on the heart unlike other antidepressants so it may be a better treatment choice for older people.
  • Can cause a significant amount of weight loss which is an added benefit for those who are overweight or obese.

Downsides

  • Takes at least 1 to 2 weeks to kick in and can take up to 12 weeks for maximum effect. Prozac (fluoxetine) tends to take more time to start working compared to similar alternatives.
  • Can lower your sex drive.
  • Can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and/or behavior in those age 24 or younger.
  • You may need to try out several different antidepressants before you find the one that works for you.
How it works

Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.

Quick facts about Prozac
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (fluoxetine)
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