Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of depression. It is also approved to treat panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bulimia. When used in combination with Zyprexa® (olanzapine), it is also approved for treating bipolar depression and treatment-resistant depression.
The medicine comes in capsule and oral solution form. Prozac is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day (although a particular long-acting form of the capsule is taken once a week).
Prozac belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It works by acting on serotonin, a chemical in the brain that can cause a variety of conditions (including depression) if it becomes unbalanced. The antidepressant can be given to children only for the treatment of depression and OCD.
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