Fluoxetine is an antidepressant prescribed for treatment of major depressive disorder. It works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin in your central nervous system.
I live alone and take care of myself. Why am I taking this new medication?
A potential complication of this drug includes serotonin syndrome. Do not take this medication with St. John's wort as it can increase your risk for serotonin syndrome. Symptoms include agitation, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, hyperactive reflexes, and diarrhea. If you experience these symptoms, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Is there anything else I need to know about this medication?
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Take this medication by mouth every morning. Do not take with alcohol as this can cause central nervous system depression. Do not take with MAO inhibitors as this can increase your risk for serotonin syndrome. If you have thoughts of committing suicide, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Do you have any further questions sir?