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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Does Prozac insomnia go away?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a medical graduate having trouble in sleeping. My psychiatrist told it is a panic disorder. First she gave me Escitalopram 10 mg for which I got akathisia, severe irritability and sleeplessness got aggravated. She later changed it to Fludac 20 mg in the morning at 8 AM. I did not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fluoxetine is known to cause significant insomnia in many patients as it is an activating drug.Even if it is taken early morning, it can still cause insomnia, particularly in the initial few days or weeks.My advice would be if you are doing well on Fluoxetine, apart fr...  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 Choudhary

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 »

I have been taking Fluoxetine 20 mg for my mental illness, but I want to stop my medication now. Should I consult a psychiatrist?

Query: Hello doctor, I was with a psychiatrist for about 18 sessions. During this time, I also moved on to a psychologist as the psychiatrist felt she could not come across. I continue to take the medication. I stopped and then restarted after she told me to continue. When asked when I could stop, she sai...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Most people have their own experience, which determines the prescribing trend. In addition, for every single disorder, there are multiple effective options, and as per the patient's need, they can supplement each other. For example, the advic...  Read Full »

I am struggling hard with bulimia and binge eating. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 17 year old female struggling hard with bulimia and binge eating. My mom is anorexic, and so is my grandmother. I suffered from low weight until I started binging which has been going on for almost a year. I purge sometimes, and I am terrified of how much weight I continue to put on...  Read Full »


Dr. Anil Kumar Kumawat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your height, your weight is average. In bulimia, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is helpful. If Prozac (Fluoxetine) is not working, then you have to increase the dose of Prozac or shift to another medicine. It is a learning process so that you have to chan...  Read Full »

I feel tired and anxious after taking Abilify. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am so anxious and sleeping 9 to 10 hours per day. It has begun when I start taking Abilify pills and Akineton. Why I feel so tired every day?  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhi Jain Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer me a few more questions. Do you have any of the following symptoms? Persistent low mood, disturbed appetite, loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, ideas of hopelessness, ideas of helplessness, ideas of suicide and persistent headache. ...  Read Full »

Why is there no improvement in my depression and anxiety even after taking Fluoxetine?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking tablet Fluoxetine for anxiety and depression for the past few weeks. But there is no improvement in my condition. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Siva Anoop Yella

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I have a few questions, 1. Is your blood pressure maintained? 2. Do you have any headaches? 3. Are you having any palpitations or disturbed sleep at night after starting the tablet Fluoxetine (selective serot...  Read Full »

Can Trazodone cause serotonin syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I weaned off of 40 mg of Paroxetine very slowly but my sleep was impacted and as of two months, I have been suffering from extreme insomnia. I have gone back to medication and I am currently on 20 mg of Paroxetine and 10 mg of Fluoxetine, but my insomnia has continued. I was prescribe...  Read Full »


Dr. Akanksha Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Serotonin syndrome is an acute emergency case, rarely seen in common practice. At least not when you have already been taking 40 mg of Paroxetine for years. Also, Trazodone is a safer and better sleep-inducing agent when it comes to being used for sleep. As per my ...  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 Choudhary

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 »

I am stressed and demotivated. Can I continue taking 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 Bishnoi

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...  Read Full »

I restarted taking Fluoxetine for depression after stopping it for a while, and I am getting allergies now. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was on capsule Fluoxetine (SSRI) for just over six years for depression, but I decided to stop the medication last year as I thought I was now in a good position to deal with my issues drug-free, unfortunately, after a year, my issues resurfaced, so I decided to go back on the medica...  Read Full »


Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The phenomenon that you described after the consumption of capsule Fluoxetine in your eye is compatible with an angle closure attack. It causes red eye, eye pain, headache around the ophthalmic area, tearing etc. Accordingly, I strongly recommend you not to use the ...  Read Full »

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