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How does fluoxetine treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Fluoxetine is used in conjunction with other medications and treatment options to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). For some people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, there is evidence of low serotonin levels. Fluoxetine helps to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain. Fluoxetine would be used in conjunction with psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and possibly with antipsychotic drugs to help control the obsessive-compulsive behavior.

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