Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

Fluoxetine is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Fluoxetine is sometimes used together with another medication called olanzapine (Zyprexa). to treat depression caused by bipolar disorder (manic depression). This combination is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Fluoxetine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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  • Fluoxetine
  • Commonly reported side effects of fluoxetine include nausea, nervousness, insomnia, weakness, anxiety, drowsiness, tremor, diarrhea, dyspepsia, headache, decreased libido, anorexia, xerostomia, and decreased appetite. Other side effects include bulimia nervosa, dizziness, skin rash, and diaphoresis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
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