Prozac

Questions and answers about the medicine Prozac, such as side effects, drug interactions, dosages, etc.

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Wellbutrin and Zyban
Prozac
Antidepressants
Zoloft

What is Wellbutrin?

Wellbutrin is an antidepressant. The generic name is bupropion. It is also marketed under the name Zyban as an aid to smoking cessation.

Wellbutrin operates on the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrin (noradrenaline). It is one of the few antidepressants that operate primarily on dopamine rather than serotonin.

Some other facts:

  • It is an antidepressant with a little help for focus. It has also worked well to help addicts stop using or even smokers.

  • I'll give you what I know about Wellbutrin: It is a common antidepressant used to treat depression. Then, through anecdotal reports from patients and Doctors, the medical community saw an easier time quitting smoking for patients on Wellbutrin. So they then began to market Welbutrin as Cyan. Zyban is the same as Wellbutrin just a different name for a different use.

    If your doctor has prescribed Wellbutrin for depression and related problems here are two suggestions from firsthand knowledge:
  • If you've ever had a seizure, make sure your doctor knows. Even though it is a safe and effective drug, it has a tendency to trigger seizures
  • Monitor your dosage carefully. Too high of a dose has caused bad reactions in some people. Especially if you are on other medication. A small percentage of people just can't take it at all.

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Strattera
Medication and Drugs
Adderall
Prozac
Antidepressants
Psychostimulants
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Is it OK to mix Strattera Adderall and Prozac?

I currently take 80mg straterra, 70mg vyvanse (a speed-derived drug like adderall), and 10mg lexapro (an ssri like paxil, luvox, etc) and it is working great!

before I started vyvanse, I was taking straterra with lexapro and adderall: about 40 mg of adderall daily.

taking too much adderall caused me to be very anxious, self-conscious, and almost paranoid. when I reduced adderall to about 20 mg/day, as well as when I switched over to vyvanse, things smoothed out much better.

i should add that I was smoking a decent amount of medical marijuana at for most of this period too, which probably increased the paranoia....

I have since stopped the pot, and things are very smooth.

Just my personal experience, your results may vary, but whatever you do, be very cafeful with adderall!!! I had a mild psychotic episode where I thought everyone was out to get me, I couldn't leave home, and I am a "normal" person!

be safe. these are tools, not toys.

I am on 40mg of Srattera (once a day), 30mg of Adderall and 37.5mg of Paxil. I haven't noticed any unusual side effects, but that is just my own experience. Every individual is unique in their response to certain medications.

The answer is YES!!! The person asked a yes or no question. They didn't ask for your medical history.

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Medication and Drugs
Depakote
Prozac
Migraine Headaches
Antidepressants
Antipsychotics

Is it safe to take Prozac Depakote and Risperdal together?

I have both epilepsy and a type of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. For the epilepsy I take the 500mg depakote. I also take the 1mg risperdal pill for controlling my attitude and help prevent anxiety. Taking both together gives me no problems with them interacting together. Another medication I'm on for anxiety is the 20mg pill Lexapro and it has no interactions with the other 2. To be sure that your medications are safe together though, make sure that all your doctors know what drugs you are on, and ask them about possible side effects.

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Mental Health
Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants

Is Prozac a barbiturate?

No, it is not, Prozac, or Fluoxetine (not to be confused with Fluvoxamine / Brand Name - Luvox) is in a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs (Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, etc.). These drugs are most commonly prescribed as antidepressants.

I have found that most doctors are quick to prescribe SSRIs & probably wouldn't hesitate to if you asked for one of them. Because the level of abuse with SSRIs is much lower than with many other drugs, doctors don't seem to encourage the extra caution as they might with other drugs such as Xanax, Loratab, Oxycontin, etc. However, many people seem to believe the withdraw from discontinuing the use of SSRIs can be just as bad as & maybe worse than with some of those & many other drugs . . .

http://www.drugs.com/prozac.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_serotonin_reuptake_inhibitor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoxetine

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Medication and Drugs
Lexapro
Prozac
Antidepressants

Does weight gain subside after withdrawal from Lexapro?

The Medical Answer

In clinical trials Lexapro was shown to be weight gain neutral. This is different than other SSRIs that appear to cause weight gain. This is very different than being shown to have no effect on weight. This means that just as mean people in the lexapro group gained weight as lost weight. What's important is that the number of people that changed weight in the lexapro group was significantly larger than that of the placebo group indicating that lexapro does impact weight. What this really means is that Lexapro can increase or decrease weight depending on the person. Scientists really do not know why this is the case.

With that said, there were still many people in the placebo group that gained weight, so it is very difficult to attribute all of the weight gain to Lexapro.

After withdrawing from Lexapro, it may or may not cause a change in weight. There are currently no clinical trials or studies that have been conducted studying this aspect.

One answer

I took Lexapro for 8 years and my weight did not change at all.

An additional answer

It sounds as though many people are contributing significant weight gain or loss to Lexapro, when in reality, although a possible side effect, the shift in weight may be a symptom of an unhealthy diet.

An additional answer

I disagree. It has been confirmed over and over, weight gain is very typical of anti-depressants, particularly SSRIs.

Unfortunately, appetite increases which has a lot to do with the gain, but the hormones/metabolism are affected so the body does not want to let the weight go despite improved diet/exercisezperiodz

At least during use that can happen. Let's see how if changes after withdrawal. However, lifestyle changes will be necessary to get the weight loss started once all the chemicals leave the system.

Good luck to anyone dealing with this!

Doctors hand out meds like candy. They need to stop and not look at their patients as if they are clueless idiots. Doctors get monetary rewards and incentives from pharamceutical companies for handing out certain meds. Like my 90 year old perfectly healthy grandmother says: "everything in moderation" and "whatever happened to a good run to boost your mood?". Almost all antidepressants cause significant weight gain. Part of the reason is a change in the body's response to insulin. This is why some people gain and some people lose weight. These meds cause a sort of diabetic response. Many of the symptoms people report are very much like diabetes, high or low blood sugar. These meds also affect thyroid levels. The resulting symptoms lean either way: sluggishness, headaches, memory loss, inability to lose weight, losing too much weight, etc. I have read hundreds of scholarly articles on this subject. Patients when presenting symptoms need to do their own research. Test your blood sugar levels, liver enzymes, and TSH levels regularly. Weight won't be lost until these levels are back to normal and the meds are completely out of your system. A good supplement that helps improve mood naturally and adjust blood sugar levels is Chromium Picolinate. Cardio and diet are the only solutions to this. Drink a cup of coffee or green tea before a work out. These are natural stimulants and diuretics. Good luck everyone! And never take your docs advice at face value! Do your research and ask them questions, challenge them! Its their job to IMPROVE your health, not to make you sicker so they can make a few bucks! For those of who the meds work wonderfully for, congratulations and stay on your meds.

An Additional answer

I gained 30 lbs on Lexapro.

I eat an extremely good, well-balanced diet, do cardio for 1 hour every day, and work with a trainer 2 days a week. The trainer and my doctors could not explain the weight gain. I decreased my caloric intake and that still did not help. Now, 3 years after taking myself off the Lexapro, I am still having trouble losing the excess weight.

My Experience with Two Periods on Lexapro

The two times I took Lexapro because of severe depression/anxiety, I had lost weight in the run up to being prescribed the drug so that I started abnormally low in weight. The first time I took the drug I was on it for 6 months and actually put the weight on in the 6 months after I stopped taking it. I was exercising and took dietary measures to combat the gain but I ended up at around 185lbs when 175 is a good weight for me. After this period of weight gain I started to drop back down to the 175 range.

After about 18 months I had another depressive episode and went down to under 160lbs before starting on the drug. I have been on for a year and have climbed to a peak of about 195lbs. I am presently taking more exercise than I have in years and I am very aerobically fit but the weight is just piling on around my middle. I am at my heaviest ever and it absolutely has to do with Lexapro. I don't drink sodas and my diet is almost entirely vegetarian. I have been tapering off over the last three months and it does seem that I get most affected when I come off the medication.

The manufacturers completely downplay this side effect which I would imagine would be serious for a person with existing weight issues.

Another Factor

I have found that Lexapro like many SSRI's led to increased cravings to foods high in sugar as well as processed foods which led to weight gain. 3 months after coming off the drug my appetite is back to normal and the weight is coming off.

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Prozac
Concerta

What side effects and benefits should you look for when taking Concerta Prozac and Straterra?

If you are using Prozac and Strattera together, you need to talk to your doctor, as this combination can cause serious side-effects. Read your Patient Insert that came with your Straterra, it covers the use of Prozac and Straterra together. Hope that helps.

Concerta is being passed around my school. . .most people think that if you take it you will be hyper and more alert. . .this may be the case in some people. . .however for some people side effects are great and horrible. . .I took 2 Concerta and got light-headed first, then the dizzyness came and the stomach aches. . .dry throat but too much saliva in your mouth. . .uncontrolable shaking and definite insomnia. . .loss of appitie and hallucinations. . .i am not a trained physician. . .but because of my size the side effects were very different that they are for most. . .the other 2 that took it with me were perfectly fine, yet another person that took the same amount claims his heart stopped. . .i would NOT recomend using this drug. . .its side effects SUCK

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Antidepressants

Can you take acetaminophen and Prozac together?

Yes, you can take acetaminophen and fluoxetine (Prozac) together without any adverse side effects. Keep in mind that you should take no more than 1000mg of acetaminophen in a 4-6 hour period and no more than 4g in 24 hours.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants
Symptoms

What withdrawal symptoms do you get when you come off Fluoxetine 20mg Prozac?

I stopped taking 40mg about a week ago and have a lingering headache and nausea ---- *i started not taking mine either and now i have dry mouth and head achs ---- *stopping abruptly after 8 years I'm now finding myself "loosing it" over the most trivial matters with family members. I want to escape my home, and I want people to leave me alone. I was never like this before. I was a mild mannered loving person and now everyone's walking on eggshells around me. Will this pass?

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants
Shingles (infection)

Can Prozac cause shingles outbreak?

In my opinion it does. I started Fluoxetine (generic prozac) about 6 days into it, I started breaking out in a rash on my back. Today I went to the doctor and he said it looked like Shingles and I was having pain and all associated with Shingles. I also, from first day of taking the meds, developed a serious head cold/flu like symptoms. My doctor took me off of the meds in case it is the cause of the cold/flu and shingles. Hope this helps. Funny I never had issues with it before.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants

Can you go back on Prozac after having come off it?

Yes. Just make sure you do it with the supervision of a doctor who will help you taper the doses every time you go on or off.

Yes. Just be sure you do it under the supervision of a doctor who can help you taper the dose any time you go on or off.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants

Is it ok to take ginkgo biloba while taking Prozac?

It is ok, but if you are taking Prozac for Bipolar Disorder, G. B. has been known to cause hypomania, so watch out for that. Other side effects are headache and nausea.

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Birth Control
Prozac

Does Prozac affect birth control?

There are no known drug interactions between Prozac and the pill, patch, ring, shot, or IUD.

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Prozac

What is the color code for 20mg capsule of fluoxetine?

Mine are a light teel blue

Mine are white and blue; green and blue or all green I have had so far.

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Medication and Drugs
Wellbutrin and Zyban
Prozac
Drug Interactions
Antidepressants
Methadone

Can methadone be taken with Wellbutrin?

You can check all known interactions by looking at the related link below. Simply type in the drugs you wish to find and select the correct drug from the drop down menu. All known interactions will then appear.

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* methadone * Wellbutrin (buPROPion) ---- 1 Interaction found:

# methadone and Wellbutrin (buPROPion) (Major Drug-Drug) SERIOUS PROBLEM: The use of bupropion is associated with a dose-related risk of seizures. The estimated incidence of seizures is approximately 0.1% at dosages up to 300 mg/day and 0.4% at dosages between 300 to 450 mg/day, but increases almost tenfold between 450 mg and 600 mg/day. The risk may also be increased during coadministration with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI antidepressants or anorectics), monoamine oxidase inhibitors, neuroleptic agents, central nervous system stimulants, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants, other tricyclic compounds (e.g., cyclobenzaprine, phenothiazines), systemic steroids, and/or any substance that can reduce the seizure threshold (e.g., carbapenems, cholinergic agents, fluoroquinolones, interferons, chloroquine, mefloquine, lindane, theophylline). These agents are often individually epileptogenic and may have additive effects when combined.

POSSIBLE SOLUTION: Extreme caution is advised if bupropion is administered with any substance that can reduce the seizure threshold, particularly in the elderly and in patients with a history of seizures or other risk factors for seizures (e.g., head trauma; brain tumor; severe hepatic cirrhosis; metabolic disorders; CNS infections; excessive use of alcohol or sedatives; addiction to opiates, cocaine, or stimulants; diabetes treated with oral hypoglycemic agents or insulin). Bupropion as well as concomitant medications should be initiated at the lower end of the dose range and titrated gradually if feasible. The total dose of bupropion should generally not exceed 450 mg/day (or 150 mg every other day in patients with severe hepatic cirrhosis). Bupropion should be discontinued and not restarted in patients who experience a seizure during treatment.

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Prozac
Seroquel
Antidepressants

Seroquel and Prozac taken together?

This is quite common. Seroquel aids sleep/mood, Prozac is simply an anti-depressant.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Drug Interactions
Antidepressants

Can you mix librium gabapentin and Prozac?

It is important not to mix prescription medications and other drugs without first obtaining the approval of your doctor.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants

Can you snort Prozac?

What someone on erowid had to say...Sure you Can! It sucks though.. It burns very bad and does absolutely nothing.
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Strattera
Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants
ADD-ADHD Non-Stimulant Medication

Is it safe to take Prozac with Strattera?

Neither Prozac nor Strattera are uppers or downers. Prozac works on serotonin, and Strattera works on norepinephrine, two of our brain cocktails. Both drugs level out their respective neurotransmitters; nothing is added or removed, just made to work more efficiently. Prozac may inhibit some of the activity by Strattera; as for being safe, however, this is for a doctor to decide and monitor. Each case is different.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants

Is there a safe way to treat adult ADD and depression while taking Prozac?

Yes and often in mental health cases they go hand in hand. It is often prescribed by Dr. to take Adderall and Prozac together

A much safer way is to use some Australian Bush Flower Essences like Cognis for better concentration. For the depression the book Australian Bush Flower Healing by Ian White has some suggestions in a repertory (under Depression) and if working with an alternative type practitioner can be used to lower the dose of the Prozac even.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Xanax
Marijuana
Antidepressants

Can you mix Prozac Xanax and marijuana?

Yes, it would be safe. That being said be wary of the marijuana potentiating the xanax.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants

Is 90 mg of Prozac too high for a starting dosage?

I assume you are referring to Prozac Weekly, as this is the typical dose we prescribe for it. The weekly pill only comes in a 90 mg form that I am aware of, and it's usually started about a week after stopping regular Prozac (typically, the weekly form is not prescribed for acute treatment--just long-term treatment, although some physicians may start with it). As with any of the anti-depressants, the main thing we look for is an increase in suicidal thoughts and actions or worsening of the patient's depression. Make sure that if this is happening to immediately seek help. If you have questions about why you were started on the medication at the dose you were, talk to the physician who prescribed it. Hope this helps! Dr. B. REGULAR Prozac is (according to Nursing Drug Handbook) usually started at 20 mg. in the A.M., increased to twice a day, with the maximum being 80 mg./day. Always question your doctor and pharmacist, and ask your pharmacist for a print- out on Prozac. It has tons of information.

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Antidepressants
Cough and Cold Medicine

Can you take robitussin with Prozac?

I took the two together not realizing they interacted. When I did the research, I found that it is NOT good idea, if so, use with caution ( if the benefit out weigh the risk). It can cause Serotonin syndrome ( some refer to it as a form of poisoning) which is potentially life-threatening. According to research, normally this symptoms occur within minutes. Severe symptoms include severe increases in heart rate and blood pressure that may lead to shock. Although, I do not have the signs of serotonin syndrome, I certainly wish I would have done the research before taking them together. I got lucky and didn't have that reaction...maybe someone else may not be so lucky!

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Medication and Drugs
Prozac
Migraine Headaches
Antidepressants

What is Prozac used for?

Prozac is used for OCD, Depression, Bipolar spectrum disorders, and various other chemical imblance issues having to do with seratonin and dopamine. Prozac is also used for correction of premature ejaculation, premenstrual syndrome, migraine.

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Medication and Drugs
Wellbutrin and Zyban
Prozac
Drug Safety
Drug Addiction
Antidepressants

Can you die from an overdose of Wellbutrin and Prozac?

of course you can. any antidepressant or anti psychotic drug in a large number can kill a person. Im not going to suggest doing so, because that's just sick..but, if they don't kill, they leave horrible side effects that you will probably have forever. hope that helps.

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Medication and Drugs
Depakote
Prozac
Migraine Headaches
Antidepressants

What are the effects of taking Depakote with Prozac?

1) Hair Loss

2) Lots n lots of weight gain

3) craving for food (especially sugary stuff)

4) Frequent headaches

5) Hair color change (i was born with dark brown hair...now i have light brown)

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