Anti-Depressant Medication: Prozac

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Prozac belongs to a group of medications classed by chemists as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Ogbru, n.d.) and is a trade name for fluoxetine, a commonly prescribed anti-depressant drug. It is available in several forms, as capsules, both short and in long acting delayed release from a tablet, and as a solution to be taken orally. Other trade names for fluoxetine include Rapiflux, Sarafem and Selfemra. Previous tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) worked on three different neurotransmitters, which are associated with human moods, these being dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline. Prozac works on only one of these and that is serotonin. The recommended dosage daily is 10-80 mg in tablet form. Because its action is cumulative, it can take a number of weeks before positive effects are perceived. Prozac is used to treat a large number of mental health disorders such as serious depressive disorders, the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, anxiety conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (“Prozac information from”, n.d.). The same web sites states that there may be instances when Prozac is used to treat some other conditions. Prozac is also sometimes used together with olanzapine (Zyprexa) in order to treat the depression, which occurs as part of bipolar disorder (manic depression). This combination can also be used to treat the symptoms of depression, which has proved intractable to other medical interventions using at least two other medications, which have not relieved the symptoms successfully. Prozac first became publically available in the United States of America in 1988, and quickly became a widely prescribed drug. It is the registered name of fluoxe... ... middle of paper ... ...mation at RxList. (n.d.). Retrieved March 6, 2014, from Prozac information from (n.d.). Retrieved March 6, 2014, from Prozac. (2000). In Physicians' desk reference (54th ed., p. 962). Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Co. Smith, B. (2012). Inappropriate prescribing. American Psychological Association, 43(6), 36. Retrieved from Thioridazine: MedlinePlus Drug Information. (n.d.). Retrieved March 6, 2014, from Wagner, G. J., Maguen, S., & Rabkin, J. (1998). Ethnic Differences in Response to Fluoxetine in a Controlled Trial With Depressed HIV-Positive Patients. Psychiatric Services, 49(2), 239-240. Retrieved from

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