What is fluoxetine HCL?

Fluoxetine HCL is a prescription drug used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and some eating disorders. It is also sometimes used to treat premenstrual dysmorphic disorder. It is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Serotonin is a naturally-occurring neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of well-being. Fluoxetine HCL works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain to alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. Low serotonin levels have been linked to anxiety disorders and depression.

Fluoxetine HCL is available in a number of brand-name versions, including Prozac, Sarafem, Selfemra, and Rapiflux.

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