This medication is part of a new class of antidepressant medications called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Nevertheless, this medication is one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants. It has already been prescribed to more than forty million people throughout the world who are suffering from depression that inhibits their daily functioning. Some of the symptoms that these people are dealing with are:
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1.Changes in appetite
2.Changes in sleep habits
3.A lack of mind and body coordination
4.Decreased sex drive
6.Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
7.Difficulty in concentrating
Besides depression, Prozac has also been prescribed to treat:
6.Agoraphobia (a severe fear of being in crowds or other public places)
7.Panic attacks (the symptoms of such an attack include a rapid or pounding heartbeat, chest pain, sweating, trembling and shortness of breath)
It is important to understand that SSRIs affect the chemical messengers that are found within your brain. In doing so they help those who are suffering from depression by increasing the availability of serotonin in the brain. Scientist believe that serotonin is important because it affects many of the brain's different activities, including regulating your mood.
In 1986 Belgium initially approved Prozac for treating depression. The following year (1987), Prozac was approved within the United States. Ever since then, Prozac has been accepted and marketed throughout more than ninety countries. This is because Prozac's safety and effectiveness have been thoroughly studied in trials that have consisted of more than 11,000 patients and in more than 3,500 medical and scientific journals.
Most of the time Prozac is taken once or twice a day. In order for it to be effective, it must be taken regularly (at the same time each day), usually in the morning. Most doctors start their patients on only twenty milligrams per day. If there is no improvement over the course of several weeks, then your doctor may increase your dose until improvement is observed. However, you should know that it may take between four to five weeks before you actually feel any type of relief from your depression. It is important that you do not double up on a dose if you miss one. Instead, take it as soon as you remember or if it several hours have passed, then simply skip the dose.