FLUOXETINE (floo OX e teen) belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It can treat mood problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic attacks. It can also treat certain eating disorders.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bipolar disorder or mania
suicidal thoughts or history of attempted suicide
an unusual or allergic reaction to fluoxetine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take it at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 7 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take fluoxetine with any of the following medications:
other medicines containing fluoxetine, like Sarafem or Symbyax
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
methylene blue (injected into a vein)
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for migraine headaches like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan
medicines for sleep
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
supplements like St. John's wort, kava kava, valerian
Note: This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have question about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.