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Understanding Depression Slideshow

STORAGE: Fluoxetine should be stored at room temperature 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Fluoxetine is used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It also is used in combination with olanzapine (Zyprexa) for treatment of resistant depression and treatment of depression associated with bipolar disorder.

DOSING: Depression in adults is treated with 20-80 mg of fluoxetine daily. The recommended dose for treating depression in children is 10-20 mg daily. After 13 weeks of daily administration, 90 mg once weekly may be effective in some patients.

Bulimia is treated with 60 mg of fluoxetine daily. Long-term treatment for up to 52 weeks has been shown to be beneficial in maintaining remission.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults and children is treated with 20-80 mg daily and panic disorder is managed with 10-60 mg daily.

The recommended regimen for premenstrual dysphoric disorder is 20 mg (maximum dose 80 mg) administered every day of the menstrual cycle or daily for 14 days prior to the onset of menstruation through the first day of menses.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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