Prozac dosing is not an exact science because medications effect everyone differently. Finding the best dose can depend on various factors such as age, the condition for which one is taking Prozac, overall physical condition, and other medications one may be taking.
What Is Prozac?
Prozac (Fluoxetine) is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
It works on the chemicals in the brain that contribute to symptoms of depression, anxiety, etc.
It comes in tablet form, and may be taken daily or weekly.
Fluoxetine is a type of medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). SSRI's work by increasing the amount of brain chemical (neurochemical) serotonin in the body.
For depression, a starting dose is typically 20 mg daily, and this is often the maintenance dose as well. The doctor may increase the dosage in order to increase effectiveness, but dosing does not typically exceed 80 mg daily.
For anxiety and panic disorder, a typical starting dose is 10 mg daily; a maintenance dose of 20 mg is common and does not typically exceed 60 mg daily.
For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the starting dose is typically 20 mg. A common maintenance dosage range is between 20 and 60 mg, and the max dose does not typically exceed 80 mg.
Possible side effects may include dry mouth, sleep disturbances, abnormal dreams, increased anxiety, poor sexual functioning, upset stomach, muscle aches, dizziness, fever, shakes, loss of appetite, and other symptoms. Visit Prozac side effects for a complete list of side effects.
Some studies indicate an increased risk of suicide in children and young adults who take Prozac.
Extra caution should be practiced regarding possible suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and any increased levels of depression for those taking this medication.
As a result, this medication is not intended for use in children. Read this important warning about antidepressants and suicide.
Risk Of Birth Defects
In addition, there is a risk of birth defects and possible health risks to developing fetuses when taking Prozac during pregnancy. See this warning about Prozac and pregnancy.
Only take Prozac as prescribed under the supervision of your doctor. This medication is not intended for use in children. Report any side effects to your prescribing doctor. If you experience any severe reactions, increased levels of depression, or suicidal thoughts or behaviors while taking this medication, call an ambulance or the police right away.