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What is fluoxetine?

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

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Who should not take fluoxetine?
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You should not take fluoxetine if you are allergic to fluoxetine or to any of its other ingredie...
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What do I do if I take too much fluoxetine?
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When taking fluoxetine, it’s important to follow your doctor’s directions exactly. Taking too mu...
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Who should take fluoxetine?
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Fluoxetine is intended for people being treated for depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compul...
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Does fluoxetine interact with other drugs and foods?
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Fluoxetine may interact with other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepi...
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