Prozac contains the active ingredient fluoxetine hydrochloride. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
Prozac is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It belongs to group of medicines called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are believed to increase chemicals in the brain that influence your mood.
Prozac comes as a tablet or capsule. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. The tablets can be swallowed whole, or broken down in water if you have trouble swallowing them.
You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional. Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. healthdirect medicines information is not intended for use in an emergency. If you are suffering an acute illness, overdose, or emergency condition, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
Reasonable care has been taken to provide accurate information at the time of creation. This information is not intended to substitute medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be exclusively relied on to manage or diagnose a medical condition. Please refer to our terms and conditions.
Prozac is indicated for the treatment of: Major depression. Obsessive Complusive Disorder. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) as defined by DMV-IV criteria. The essential features of PMDD, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-4th edition (DSM-IV) include markedly depressed mood, anxiety or tension, affective lability and persistent anger or irritability. Other features include decreased interest in usual activities, difficulty concentrating, lack of energy, change in appetite or sleep and feeling out of control. Physical symptoms associated with PMDD include breast tenderness, headache, joint and muscle pain, bloating and weight gain. These symptoms occur regularly during the luteal phase and remit within a few days following onset of menses; the disturbance markedly interferes with work or school or with usual social activities and relationships with others.
Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.