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What should I know about fluoxetine hydrochloride before taking it?

Fluoxetine hydrochloride can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and adults younger than 24. Fluoxetine hydrochloride can lead to mental health changes in adults older than 24, including aggression, irritability, suicidal thoughts and behavior, panic attacks, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, insomnia, impulsivity, and abnormal excitement.

Talk to your doctor about taking fluoxetine hydrochloride if you have kidney or liver disease, diabetes, a seizure disorder, if you have recently had a heart attack, or if you receive electroshock therapy. Talk to your doctor before taking fluoxetine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant.

People who have a heart rhythm disorder called long QT syndrome, or who have a family history of or risk factors for the syndrome, should be monitored closely while taking fluoxetine.

Fluoxetine hydrochloride can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery or tools until you know how it will affect you. Drinking alcohol with fluoxetine hydrochloride can make drowsiness worse. You should not drink alcohol while taking fluoxetine hydrochloride. Fluoxetine hydrochloride can cause stomach bleeding when used with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin or ibuprofen. Talk to your doctor before taking NSAIDs with fluoxetine hydrochloride.

Fluoxetine hydrochloride can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when upon standing up. Stand up slowly to avoid these side effects. Talk to your doctor if they are bothersome or do not go away.

Fluoxetine hydrochloride can cause lowered appetite and weight loss, especially in those who already have an eating disorder, are depressed, or are already underweight. Fluoxetine hydrochloride use should not be stopped suddenly, due to the risk of symptoms such as irritability, agitation, drowsiness, headache, and insomnia.

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