Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prozac is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat narcolepsy. Prozac is also referred to by its drug name, fluoxetine.
Prozac is a member of the antidepressant class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac is believed to work by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain, which may reduce symptoms of narcolepsy like cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hallucinations.
How do I take it?
Prozac is generally taken orally once a day.
Prozac comes in capsule and delayed-release capsule forms. It should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Prozac lists common side effects including nausea, skin rash, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, decreased libido, abnormal dreams, diarrhea, and sweating.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Prozac include suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions, significant weight loss, abnormal bleeding, and serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition in which too much serotonin builds up in the body.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Prozac — RxList
Narcolepsy — Mayo Clinic
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