Fluoxetine is an anti depressive drug. It is marketed by the trade name Prozac, by Eli Lily Company. The drug is related to the family of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Uses For Prozac
Prozac is used to treat depression and anxiety, in both the genders. Men and women are equally affected by depression. The drug is indicated for both, the action is similar, and side effects also are similar.
The action of Prozac is to prevent the re-absorption of serotonin by the nerve cells. Serotonin is a chemical in our brain that controls our mood.When the chemical gets absorbed by the nerve cells, there is lack of circulating serotonin in the brain. This causes depression and anxiety state in a person.
Psychiatrists prescribe this drug in cases of obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorders, premenstrual syndrome, blumia nervosa etc.
Prozac Side Effects In Women
Side effects of Prozac in women are caused due to prolonged use of the drug.
Side effects in women include
- Throat pain.
- Increased hunger.
- Disturbance in taste.
- Sleep disturbances.
- State of euphoria.
- Disturbed concentration.
- Hair loss.
- Blood sugar variation.
Side Effects Of Fluoxetine
- Nausea and vomiting
- Frequent urination.
- Rarely, lung fibrosis
- Very rarely lever damage.
- Increased bleeding during menstruation in women.
- Pain in abdomen due to inflammation of the fallopian tube in some cases.
Withdrawal Symptoms Of Fluoxetine
Withdrawal side effects of Prozac are also seen. It is mostly observed when a woman discontinues Prozec. Relapse of depression, suicidal tendencies, hallucination and nightmares are commonly observed. One of the Prozac side effects in women is weight gain. It is frequently observed that women put on weight after she stops taking Prozac.
Weight loss is also a side effect observed in women after stopping the drug. The weight loss is caused by anorexia.