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Fluoxetine - Overview
Fluoxetine is a medication used in the acute and maintenance treatment of several types of psychiatric disorders, including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and bulimia. People who might need a fluoxetine HCl prescription, including fluoxetine 10 mg, fluoxetine 20 mg and fluoxetine 40 mg, can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe fluoxetine medication when appropriate to do so.
What Is Fluoxetine Used For?
Fluoxetine, marketed under the brand Prozac and others, belongs to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - similar to sertraline. Fluoxetine is indicated for acute and maintenance treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), OCD and Bulimia Nervosa. As an SSRI medication, fluoxetine is thought to exert its effects by blocking the uptake of serotonin into neurons in the central nervous system. Fluoxetine may also reduce serotonin uptake in platelets. Fluoxetine is thought to exert its effects on serotonin more strongly than it does on norepinephrine.
Fluoxetine - Dosage and Cost
Fluoxetine is typically prescribed at a starting dose of fluoxetine 10 mg daily or fluoxetine 20 mg daily. However, the actual fluoxetine dosage regimen utilized depends on the health characteristics of the patient and the judgement of the prescribing medical provider. Following oral administration, fluoxetine has been observed to peak in the plasma within eight hours in healthy volunteers. In the body, fluoxetine is metabolized by the liver and has an elimination half-life of days primarily via the kidneys. While branded fluoxetine is expensive, generic fluoxetine is affordable, costing under $9 for 30 fluoxetine 20 mg capsules at many pharmacies. Fluoxetine coupons can sometimes be found online or through the manufacturer and some insurance plans may cover the costs associated with a fluoxetine prescription.
Can I Buy Fluoxetine Online?
Fluoxetine is a prescription medication in the United States which means that fluoxetine OTC is not available to be dispensed by pharmacies. Because of these requirements, one cannot simply buy fluoxetine online as the first step is consulting a medical provider. People who might need a fluoxetine HCl medication prescription, including fluoxetine 10 mg, fluoxetine 20 mg and 40 mg capsules can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe fluoxetine when appropriate to do so.
Fluoxetine - Side Effects
Fluoxetine can cause a number of side effects when used and they should be discussed with one's medical provider and pharmacist before use. Side effects that may result from fluoxetine use include strange dreams, anorexia, anxiety, diarrhea, impotence, changes in libido, trouble sleeping, tremor, sleepiness and yawning. Fluoxetine should not be used with MAOI medications, linezolid, pimozide, thioridazine or intravenous methylene blue. Fluoxetine can interact with a number of other medications and drug-drug interactions need to be assessed before prescribing fluoxetine. Fluoxetine and alcohol should not be used together. People with a known hypersensitivity to fluoxetine or similar medications should not take fluoxetine.
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Last updated March 25, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.