For people who are first starting bulimia treatment with Prozac, dosing generally starts at 60 mg once a day. For the treatment of depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder, the recommended starting dose is 20 mg once daily. The suggested starting dosage for people with panic disorder is 10 mg once daily, which can be increased to 20 mg after one week.
Prozac Dosing: An Introduction
The dose of Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Dosage of Prozac for Depression or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The recommended starting Prozac dose for people with depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is 20 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may choose to increase the amount if symptoms continue or decrease the dose if side effects occur. The maximum dose for these conditions is 80 mg per day. Amounts above 20 mg can be taken once a day or divided into two doses and taken twice a day.
Prozac Weekly, the long-acting form approved for depression, can be used to replace daily doses of 20 mg. Because the medication stays in your system for so long, the first dose of Prozac Weekly should be taken one week after stopping Prozac 20 mg daily. As you might guess, Prozac Weekly is taken once a week, on the same day each week.
Prozac Dose for Bulimia
The recommended dosage for bulimia is 60 mg once a day. However, your healthcare provider may decide to prescribe a lower amount in certain situations, such as for elderly people or people with liver problems.