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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