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Prozac

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4.9  Effectiveness
5.8  Side Effects
5.9  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 8 Prozac side effects and 6 Prozac benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is fluoxetine and brand name is Prozac.

Prozac is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company.

The active ingredients of this medication is hydrochloride and inactive ingredients are pulvules, starch and gelatin.

Mainly used in treating depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults and children.
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Mary Kate Olsen

Mary Kate Olsen has struggled with depression, ADD and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

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Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson has struggled with depression for years, and despite taking anti-depressants tried to commit suicide in 2007.

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Sheryl Crow

When Crow suffered a bad stretch of depression in 2003, the musician began an exercise routine and took Prozac to assist in her recovery.

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Jim Carrey

This comedian is self-proclaimed to be a "weird, serious person," and has been battling clinical depression since childhood.

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Larry King

Late night talk show host Larry King had a bout with depression after having heart surgery in 1987.

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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Prozac, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 1.9% 15% 55.1% 24.3% 3.7%
Balance/Equilibrium 0.9% 5.6% 80.4% 9.3% 3.7%
Blood Pressure 1% 6.7% 84.6% 5.8% 1.9%
Breathing 1% 2.9% 85.7% 4.8% 5.7%
Confidence 2.8% 12% 44.4% 25.9% 14.8%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0.9% 8.5% 69.8% 16% 4.7%
Digestion 0.9% 13.2% 75.5% 8.5% 1.9%
Emotional Well-being 6.4% 12.7% 17.3% 35.5% 28.2%
Energy 2.7% 15.5% 39.1% 31.8% 10.9%
Eyesight 0.9% 6.6% 84% 6.6% 1.9%
Memory 1.9% 11.4% 61% 20% 5.7%
Mental Clarity 4.6% 12% 42.6% 27.8% 13%
Pain 0% 2.9% 79% 15.2% 2.9%
Patience 1.9% 10.3% 36.4% 35.5% 15.9%
Sexual Health 7.4% 14.8% 61.1% 13.9% 2.8%
Skin Complexion 0% 6.7% 81.9% 9.5% 1.9%
Sleep 3.7% 17.4% 40.4% 25.7% 12.8%
Stress Level 3.7% 8.3% 38.5% 31.2% 18.3%
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Commonly Reported Prozac Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 90.5% 8.1% 0% 1.4% 0%
Allergic Reaction 96.1% 1.9% 1.9% 0% 0%
Anxiety 68.6% 14.7% 3.9% 8.8% 3.9%
Blurred Vision 95.2% 4.8% 0% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 95.2% 4.8% 0% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 66.7% 9.5% 10.5% 7.6% 5.7%
Change in Weight 54.5% 0% 9.1% 18.2% 18.2%
Cold Symptoms 77.3% 13.6% 4.5% 4.5% 0%
Confusion 77.3% 22.7% 0% 0% 0%
Constipation 81.5% 8.6% 7.4% 1.2% 1.2%
Coordination / Balance Problems 75% 0% 25% 0% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Depression 65.2% 8.7% 17.4% 4.3% 4.3%
Diarrhea 88.6% 3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 94% 4.8% 1.2% 0% 0%
Dizziness 79.8% 15.2% 3% 1% 1%
Drowsiness 62.1% 17.2% 10.3% 10.3% 0%
Dry Mouth 67.6% 22.2% 9.3% 0% 0.9%
Erectile Dysfunction 93.9% 2.4% 1.2% 1.2% 1.2%
Fatigue 67% 16% 10% 5% 2%
Fever 95.2% 4.8% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 83.3% 4.2% 12.5% 0% 0%
Headache 53.7% 22.2% 17.6% 4.6% 1.9%
Heartburn 75% 25% 0% 0% 0%
Increased Urination 60% 20% 20% 0% 0%
Indigestion 80% 0% 20% 0% 0%
Insomnia 69.4% 10.2% 13% 7.4% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 85.7% 9.5% 0% 4.8% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 71% 12.1% 13.1% 1.9% 1.9%
Mood Swings 52.4% 28.6% 9.5% 4.8% 4.8%
Movement Problems 80% 0% 0% 0% 20%
Muscle Cramping 90.5% 4.8% 4.8% 0% 0%
Nausea 74.3% 14.3% 8.6% 1.9% 1%
Nervousness 64.8% 14.3% 13.3% 3.8% 3.8%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 73.2% 9.8% 11% 4.9% 1.2%
Sensitivity to Light 90.5% 4.8% 4.8% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 80.4% 6.5% 7.6% 3.3% 2.2%
Stomach Ache 81% 9.5% 4.8% 4.8% 0%
Sweating 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Thinning / Loss of Hair 60% 20% 0% 20% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Prozac Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Aggressive / Impulsive Behavior 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Anxiety 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 83.3% 11.5% 1.3% 2.6% 1.3%
Breathing Difficulties 75% 0% 25% 0% 0%
Change in Weight 69.1% 17% 9.6% 3.2% 1.1%
Chest Pain 80% 0% 20% 0% 0%
Confusion 66.7% 0% 0% 33.3% 0%
Dehydration / Thirst 66.7% 33.3% 0% 0% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 85.7% 14.3% 0% 0% 0%
Dizziness 85.7% 0% 14.3% 0% 0%
Energy Loss 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Erectile Dysfunction 87.5% 0% 0% 12.5% 0%
Fatigue 75% 12.5% 12.5% 0% 0%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Heart Attack 97.8% 2.2% 0% 0% 0%
High Blood Pressure 33.3% 50% 16.7% 0% 0%
Increased Depression 83% 6.4% 6.4% 2.1% 2.1%
Indigestion 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Liver Damage 96.9% 2.1% 1% 0% 0%
Muscle Spasms 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Nausea 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Reduced Libido 76.3% 3.4% 15.3% 1.7% 3.4%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 55.6% 11.1% 11.1% 11.1% 11.1%
Seizures 99% 0% 1% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 58.3% 16.7% 0% 8.3% 16.7%
Stroke 98.9% 1.1% 0% 0% 0%
Suicidal Tendencies 85.3% 6.3% 5.3% 2.1% 1.1%
Sweating 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Thyroid Problems 80% 0% 20% 0% 0%
Tremors 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Prozac
Since taking Prozac Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 2.7%
Fall 6.2%
Hallucination 0.7%
Hospitalization 4.1%
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User Comments about Prozac
13 Sep 2012 Prozac (generic) actually works for me! I'm much calmer, the panicky feelings have dissipated by about 75-80% and I am now able to go to work DAILY and function. Lexapro, Lamictal, Celexa, and Zoloft didn't work for me. Welbutrin worked somewhat. Tranxene helped my anxiety too until I tapered off. My advice? Prozac is at least worth a try ;).
   —Posted by ANJ
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15 Mar 2012 If it were'nt for the severe sexual side effects this would be the perfect medication for me. It's the only SSRI that makes me feel mentally balanced and gives me an over all feeling of well being. Unfortunately, I may have to discontinue taking the Prozac due to NO sex drive and complete inability to achieve orgasm. I have been married for 8 years and this is putting quite a damper on my relationship. Other than that I love what prozac does for me mentally, but I have to weigh the pro's and con. Thank you.
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02 Jan 2012 didn't seem to work at all. Just made me feel like a zombie. Mental clarity was severely decreased.
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22 Nov 2011 Prozac gives me a natural high all day long until about 8:00 PM when i get really sleepy. So at about 9/10:00 PM I'm asleep.
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10 Nov 2011 I suppose Prozac did help me for awhile. I was going through some tough times. My childhood wasn't that great, and my family was having problems. Prozac did reduce my anxiety and I wasn't as edgy. My moods were very different from when i wasn't on Prozac, then when i was on it.
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