(1) Uses. Fluoxetine belongs to a class of antidepressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are usually regarded as the treatment of choice for depression due to fewer side effects and a better safety profile than older agents. Fluoxetine is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. The Serafem® product is approved for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
(2) Adverse effects. Fluoxetine may produce the following adverse effects:
(a) Miscellaneous effects (that is, sexual dysfunction).
(b) Central nervous system effects (for example, agitation and insomnia).
(c) Gastrointestinal effects (that is, nausea and diarrhea).
(a) Do not overlap with other antidepressants or monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
(b) The drug may produce drowsiness.
(c) The patient should not consume any alcohol while taking the drug.
NOTE: Other SSRIs include sertraline (Zoloft®), paroxetine (Paxil®), citalopram (Celexa®), and fluvoxamine (Luvox®).
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