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Why should I take fluoxetine?

Fluoxetine is an antidepressant and is used to treat problems affecting mood and mental health. Among these are:

• Depression
• Eating disorders, like bulimia nervosa (overeating, followed by purging done with vomiting or laxatives)
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (troubling thoughts that never go away making you perform the same action over and over)
• Panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear; you also worry about having these attacks)
• Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) (a very serious form of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS; it causes extreme mood shifts that affect your life)

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