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Brand name: Prozac

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.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: fluoxetine

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Prozac 20 mg hard capsule, 28

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

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.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance A size 3 capsule with an opaque green cap and an opaque yellow body. Imprinted with "LILLY 3105".

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Dosage Form Capsule, hard
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
28: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 sample: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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