What is Fluoxetine and what it is used for?
Fluoxetine hydrochloride (Floooxeteen hidrohclorride) is a medicine which is used in bulimia nervosa, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Your medicine Fluoxetine hydrochloride is used to treat a variety of mental health problems. It is thought that Fluoxetine hydrochloride increases the activity and levels of certain chemicals in the brain. This can improve symptoms such as depression and anxiety.
In the early stages of taking Fluoxetine hydrochloride, suicidal thoughts and behaviour may be seen in some people. These people have an increased risk of selfharm or suicide in the early stages of taking Fluoxetine hydrochloride. As Fluoxetine hydrochloride starts to work these risks decrease. If you are taking Fluoxetine hydrochloride, or you care for someone who is taking Fluoxetine hydrochloride, you need to look out for changes in thoughts or behaviour that could be linked to selfharm or suicide.
When to take this medicine?
Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most benefit from your medicine can also be affected by what you eat, when you eat and the times at which you take other medicines. Specific information on when to take Fluoxetine hydrochloride can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine or on the medicine label. You can also ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about when to take your medicine.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep Fluoxetine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
Symptoms of depression include:
- depressed mood - feeling sad, empty, or tearful
- feeling worthless, guilty, hopeless, and helpless
- loss of interest or pleasure in your usual activities
- sleep and eat more or less than usual (for most people it is less)
- low energy, trouble concentrating, or thoughts of death (suicidal thinking)
- psychomotor agitation (‘nervous energy’)
- psychomotor retardation (feeling like you are moving and thinking in slow motion)
- suicidal thoughts or behaviors