Effects of Prozac
Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is approved to treat the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder.
Several studies have looked at the effects of Prozac on treating these conditions. In these studies, Prozac was shown to be effective for treating depression in children (as young as 8 years old), teens, and adults.
These studies also showed that 28 percent of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who took Prozac felt their OCD was "much improved," compared to only 8 percent of those who were not taking it. In other studies, the drug was also shown to be effective for OCD in children and teens.
The studies have shown Prozac to be effective for treating bulimia in adults. While the antidepressant effects of the drug may take longer to be seen, its effects for treating bulimia were seen within one week. The drug has not been studied in children or teens with bulimia.
Two clinical studies looked at using Prozac to treat adults with panic disorder. Up to 62 percent of people taking the drug were free from panic attacks, compared to only 44 percent of those not taking it.
(Click Prozac for a more in-depth look at the effects of Prozac, including information on how it works and how it can help treat various conditions in children, teens, and adults.)