Prozac is in a class of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressant. It affects and brings balance to chemicals in the brain, which may have become unbalanced triggering anxiety, depression, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Although it is effective in treating a number of major depressive disorders there Prozac side effects one may encounter along the way. Disorder commonly treated with Prozac include obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, and bulimia.
Sometimes it is combined with a medication called olanzapine in treatment of bipolar disorder. This combination is applied when other medications refuse to work.
One of the things you should know about Prozac is that you should never take it with pimozide, thioridazine, isocarboxazid, selegiline or furazolidone. Combination of Prozac with these drugs could result into a dangerous interaction, bringing some serious Prozac side effects, which can lead even to death.
If you are less than 24 years old and start taking this medication there is a probability that you will start experiencing suicidal thoughts-a common Prozac side effect. You should meet regularly with your physician, especially in the first 12 weeks of treatment.
If you notice any new symptoms or the ones you are currently experiencing become aggravated and generally take a turn for the worse, you should let your physician know about it. Some of these symptoms include panic attacks, anxiety, and restlessness, feeling impulsive, entertaining suicidal thoughts or thinking of harming yourself.
If by chance you become pregnant in the course of treatment; you should let your doctor know. A potential Prozac side effect to unborn children is the risk of a defective heart and damaged lungs.
Some of the common side effects associated with Prozac include vomiting, weight loss, vision changes, chest pains and fever. There is also increased high blood pressure during the time that one is taking Prozac. Another side effect associated with this medication is excessive weight gain. Taking of this drug can result to erectile dysfunction in men and low libido in women.
Some other side effects that have been noted among people who are under Prozac medication include, engaging in unusual and dangerous activities, as well as aggressiveness and hostility.
A person might also feel elated for no particular reason or sometimes feel extremely depressed. It can also makes a person restless and feel like they are not able to stay still.
Other side effects associated with this drug include chest palpitations, eye pain, changes in vision, and allergic reactions, which include unexplained hives, rashes and itching. One may also experience wheezing, swelling, and difficulties in swallowing and breathing.
There are some rare side effects that occur in people who are taking Prozac. They usually affect less than 1% of people who are taking this medication. Some of these side effects that are rare include, hypothyroidism, arthritis, acne, leg cramps, hair loss, canker sores, menstruation problems, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, asthma, gout, and ringing in the ears.
It is not a must that you will experience the Prozac side effects mentioned. Unfortunately it is very hard for your doctor to tell whether this type of medication will give you side effects, before you try it. You should therefore take the medication but let the doctor know if you notice something unusual.
Your doctor should be able to tell whether Prozac is the best drug for you or there is need to change to another line of treatment.