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Prozac is a medication licensed to treat a number of conditions, including depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia. As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, the medication works by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Although most people tolerate Prozac well, side effects may occur. Possible side effects of this prescription drug include headache, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

What Is Prozac?

Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used to treat a number of conditions within the brain.

Who Makes It?

Prozac is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company. Generic versions are made by several manufacturers.

What Is Prozac Used For?

Prozac is licensed to treat a number of conditions. These uses include the treatment of:
When used in combination with Zyprexa® (olanzapine), Prozac is approved for the following uses:
  • Depression associated with bipolar disorder
  • Treatment-resistant depression (depression that has not responded to treatment with at least two different antidepressants).
Sarafem® (a brand-name medication that contains the exact same medication as Prozac) is also licensed to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), but Prozac and its generic forms are not approved for this use.
(Click Prozac Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
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