According to studies, common Prozac effects may include upset stomach, headache, muscle weakness, dry mouth, headache, loss of appetite, drowsiness, anxiety or nervousness.
Other common side effects may include sweating, diarrhea, insomnia or other sleep disturbances, tremors or shakiness, and yawning.
These may occur in a small percentage of people taking Prozac.
Side effects that may occur in up to 1 percent of people taking this medication may include flushing or skin redness, vomiting, constipation, fever, chills, weight loss, gas, strange dreams, vision changes or blurriness, chest pain or chest tightness, high blood pressure, and increased appetite. There is also a link between Prozac and weight changes.
More rare but serious side effects may include suicidal thoughts or behavior, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, aggression, and volatile mood swings. If you experience these symptoms, inform your doctor immediately.
In addition, signs of overdose, allergy, or a rare but serious condition called serotonin syndrome may include confusion, rapid heart rate, chest palpitations, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, psychosis, changes in blood pressure, fever, skin rash, swelling in body parts, difficulty swallowing, seizures, coma, and possible death. If you experience these Prozac side effects, seek immediate emergency medical attention.
What Is Prozac?
Prozac (Fluoxetine) is an antidepressant prescription medication that is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, eating disorders, PMS, and other conditions.
It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that works by increasing the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body.
There are warnings for pregnant women taking Prozac during pregnancy due to an increased risk of birth defects and miscarriages. Read this important warning about Prozac and pregnancy.
In addition, there may be an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults taking Prozac. Read about the possible link between Prozac and suicide.
Mixing With Alcohol
It is not recommended that one mix antidepressants or any psychiatric medications with alcohol. Alcohol may increase the adverse side effects of Prozac. Read about the possible health risks when combining Prozac and alcohol.
Unfortunately, medications affect everyone differently. As a result, your doctor will not know how you will react to Prozac until it is prescribed. Therefore, there is often a bit of trial and error involved in finding the right balance for each individual. Because of this, be sure to keep your medication monitoring appointments in order to monitor your progress and discuss your concerns.