fluoxetine enteric-coated - oral, Prozac Weekly (cont.)
USES: This long-acting form of fluoxetine is used to treat depression in people who have been successfully treated with the form of fluoxetine that is taken daily. Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).SSRIs work by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters such as serotonin). Fluoxetine may decrease anxiety, improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug is also used to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may also be used to treat hot flashes that occur with menopause.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using fluoxetine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once a week with or without food. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the contents of the capsule. Start taking this medication 7 days after your last dose of the form of fluoxetine that is taken daily.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it on the same day of the week. Mark a calendar to help you remember when you should take your next dose.It is important to continue taking this medication as prescribed even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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