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Are You Safe From Prozac Side Effects?

One of the things you may not be able to determine is whether or not you will be experiencing some of the Prozac side effects that are known to affect people who take this kind of a medication to treat depression. The list of Prozac side effects that can affect people who take this anti-depressant include sex drive changes, weird dreams, insomnia, sore throat and a whole lot more. Since you can only determine which Prozac side effects will hit you after you have been put on the anti-depressant, you should be prepared for any of these. Also included in the list of possible Prozac side effects are impotence, loss of appetite, sleepiness, diarrhea, abnormal vision and an upset stomach.

Since Prozac is pretty well known as an anti-depressant medicine, many people have been known to use it to help ease anxiety, panic attacks and to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. It is pretty ironic to note that some of the Prozac side effects that a person may experience are anxiety and nervousness when the medicine is supposed to treat mental illnesses that have these as symptoms. Other Prozac side effects you may also need to look out for include flu-like reactions, sinusitis, rashes, weakness and vomiting.

This prescription drug is not suitable for people who are allergic to the active ingredient which is fluoxetine hydrochloride. It is also advisable for people who previously took monoamine oxidase inhibitors as their original anti-depressant or those who took medications that contained tranylcypromine sulfate and phenelzine sulfate. The combination of these substances with Prozac can prove to be extremely dangerous and may even prove to be life threatening. People who are also under anti psychotic medications that have pimozide and thioridazine are advised not to take Prozac with these and to wait a minimum of 5 weeks after quitting any of these medications before shifting to one or the other.


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