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For those who are first starting an antidepressant like Prozac, warnings and precautions for the medication should be reviewed and understood. The drug is not suitable for everyone; you should avoid taking Prozac if you are allergic to any components of the medicine, have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks, are taking pimozide, or are taking thioridazine. There are also a number of potential side effects to look out for while taking Prozac, including serotonin syndrome, insomnia and anxiety, or unintended weight loss.
You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Had a recent heart attack or if you have heart disease
- An irregular heart rhythm
- An electrolyte imbalance
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Suicidal thoughts
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.