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. Also, Prozac helped people with bulimia, regardless of whether they had depression. The drug has not been studied in children or teens with bulimia.
Two 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. Prozac has not been studied in children or teens with panic disorder.
When and How to Take It
Some general considerations for when and how to take Prozac include the following:
- Prozac comes in capsules and liquid form. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
- A long-acting form is also available (Prozac Weekly). This is taken by mouth once a week. Make sure to swallow the capsules whole (do not open, chew, or crush them).
- If Prozac makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime. If it causes insomnia, try taking it in the morning.
- You can take the medication with or without food. If Prozac bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Prozac should be taken at the same time(s) each day (for people taking Prozac Weekly, it should be taken on the same day each week) to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the antidepressant to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Prozac will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Prozac your healthcare provider recommends 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 be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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