Although most people tolerate Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) well, this medication is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Prozac, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements). For instance, you may not be able to take Prozac safely if you have certain medical conditions, such as bipolar disorder, epilepsy, or diabetes.
Other Prozac safety precautions apply to people with certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives) and to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, Prozac can cause certain side effects. Some of the most common side effects of the medication include:
(Click Prozac Side Effects and Prozac Warnings and Precautions for a closer look at other safety concerns, including information on what to tell your healthcare provider before taking this medication and details about potentially serious side effects that may require immediate medical care.)