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How does fluoxetine work?

Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that treats depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder by affecting a natural brain chemical (neurotransmitter) called serotonin. SSRIs prevent the brain cells from reabsorbing serotonin. This helps brain cells send and receive chemical messages. This improves moods and mental health. Unlike other medicines, SSRIs only affect serotonin. They leave other brain chemicals alone.

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Can fluoxetine treat other conditions?
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Yes. Fluoxetine has been used to treat disorders other than depression. Before taking fluoxetine...
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Why should I take fluoxetine?
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Fluoxetine is an antidepressant and is used to treat problems affecting mood and mental health. ...
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How does fluoxetine treat panic disorder?
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Fluoxetine and other types of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often prescribed a...
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What are the brand names of fluoxetine?
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Fluoxetine is the generic name of the active ingredient in several brand name drugs: Prozac, Rap...
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