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Prozac Side Effects


Fluoxetine, also known by its brand name Prozac, is an antidepressant in the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It is prescribed to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

The US Food and Drug Administration first approved fluoxetine back in 1987.

Serious Side Effects of Prozac

The following presents an extensive but not comprehensive list of potential side effects from taking Prozac. A prescribed patient may experience one or more of these side effects, or they may experience none at all. If any of the following do occur, it is recommended that one seeks medical attention immediately.

  • Allergic reaction (in the form of a rash, hives. Itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
  • Trouble urinating, or black or bloody stools
  • Decreased concentration or coordination
  • Exaggerated reflexes or Exaggerated feeling of well-being
  • Sweating or fainting
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fever, chills, or sore throat
  • Persistent, painful erection
  • Sleeping problems, or weakness
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache
  • Weight loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Severe mental or mood changes
  • Persistent or severe ringing in the ears;
  • Skin problems (like swollen, blistered, or peeling skin)
  • Severe anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, hostility, restlessness

Common Side Effects of Prozac

The following presents some of the more commonly experienced side effects of Prozac.

  • Abnormal dreams or trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased sexual desire or ability to achieve orgasm
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Signs of flu or infection such as fever, chills, muscle aches)
  • Increased sweating
  • Appetite loss
  • Nervousness
  • Upset stomach

Any time one is taking an unfamiliar medication, it is recommended that they report all side effects to their health care provider, regardless of the severity.

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