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Fluoxetine

Fluoxetine is an antidepressant medication which belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) group. It is used to treat depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic attacks.

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I am unable to concentration. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a Ph.D. student. I am struggling to write my thesis. I am trying hard to get it done and have progressed only a little for many months. I am all time anxiety driven and I feel fatigued. Every day, I start with the hope to make progress but cannot take a single step. I lie on the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the available description, it appears that there is a primary anxiety disorder associated with amotivation. Other symptoms such as fatigue, loss of interest in activities that require consistent attention and concentration, lethargy, excusing yourself, and spend...  Read Full »

Can Fluoxetine cause restless leg syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been on Fluoxetine antidepressant drug for a few years. I just started to notice few change, but I do not know what to do. I am getting more headaches than normal, restless legs at night and hot sweat most of the day and night. Are my problems related to the drug? Can you presc...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramkesh Prasad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, the problems you are facing are most likely related to long-term side effects of the drug Fluoxetine. Mild headaches and sweating are known side effects intrinsic to Fluoxetine. Usually this drug is tolerated by most patients only at the lowest effective dose. Als...  Read Full »

Does Fluoxetine reduce sexual interest?

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 35 year old male. Recently, I consulted a psychiatrist for a health issue and the doctor prescribed tablet Flunil 20, an antidepressant. After about two to three weeks, I noticed that I was becoming more and more asexual. My sexual desire and interest started to diminish. I can ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fluoxetine (Flunil 20) belongs to the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) class of antidepressants. Fluoxetine is one of the notorious antidepressants in relation to sexual side effects. The available data indicate that about 30 to 40 % of those taking Fluoxe...  Read Full »

When will dizziness and brain zaps stop after discontinuing Venlafaxine?

Query: Dear doctor, I have stopped taking my medications, Effexor 75 mg for a few days. I am wondering when my dizziness and brain zaps would stop.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The sudden discontinuation of Venlafaxine (Effexor) particularly seemed to cause discontinuation symptoms during the first three to seven days. Ideally, it should not be stopped abruptly. It should rather be decreased sequentially over two to three weeks. And, another ...  Read Full »

Taking Prozac has made my libido very low. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male, and I have been taking Prozac for probably 6 months, which has made my libido very low. Will it go back to the way it was if I stop the medicine?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that Prozac (Fluoxetine) is a known cause of low libido and this might be a single or contributory cause in your decreased libido. In my view, solutions to your problem are: If your problem for which you started Prozac was of short duration, then you can tal...  Read Full »

Should I tell my partner about my OCD, stammer, and libido problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36 year old male. I am suffering with OCD and I stammer for past 15 years along with laziness and tiredness all the time. My appetite is not good and so my weight is approximately 116 to 121 pounds only. I have changed many psychiatrists in last 15 years. I had Nexito 20 mg, Cipla...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. You have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and co-morbid anxiety. The combination of Fluoxetine 20 mg and 10 mg Escitalopram (Nexito) was totally irrational. It is not advisable to take two SSRIs (Selective serot...  Read Full »

I have pricking and stinging sensation in arms. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,Is it normal to get prickling stinging sensations especially in arms as a startup a side effect of Prozac? I see it can happen in withdrawal but not a startup. It is scaring me to continue. I have only been taking 4 mg for four days.  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. Fluoxetine (Prozac) induced abnormal skin sensation like pricking, tingling, or numbness feeling have been occasionally reported. They are not common but can happen and are usually only for a short period. 2. It is also possible that the pricking and stinging sen...  Read Full »

I feel good after taking anti-anxiety medications except for sleepiness. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 47-year-old male suffering from anxiety disorder and being treated for OCD specifically. I was prescribed Zoloft 100 mg (Sertraline) a year ago. But after three months, I transferred to Prozac 40 mg (Fluoxetine) together with Risperdal 0.5 mg (Risperidone). This has been going on for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunadh M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since your Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD symptoms are under control using a combination of Risperidone and Fluoxetine, it is not an excellent choice to change it. Fluoxetine usually causes insomnia rather than sleepiness, and it is often taken as a morning or after...  Read Full »

Though my brother's aggression reduced after medication, he is still confused. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, This is about my brother. Earlier he used to get very angry over small matters. He was not able to concentrate on anything and was not able to sleep. He was confused and used to think that everybody was watching him. He used to harm the family members sometimes. He started his medication...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I would like to inform you that three months are generally enough for the antidepressants to show effects. Secondly, 60 mg of Fluoxetine is generally a sufficient dose for antidepressant purposes. Consi...  Read Full »

I am stressed and demotivated. Can I take Fluoxetine?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 34 years old and single. I am seeing a clinical psychologist once in the two months I was previously visiting. She told me she always prefers face-to-face sessions. She was not happy when I mentioned that I had discontinued the medication, Fludac 40 mg, as advised by one of the doc...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Based upon the information you have mentioned, it appears that you have some sort of a mood disorder, most likely a depressive disorder. Anhedonia, lack of interest, sadness, stress, lack of motivation, mood swings, etc., are symptoms o...  Read Full »

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