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Brand Name(s): Prozac; Sarafem

CAS nº: 54910-89-3

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What is Fluoxetine?

Fluoxetine hydrochloride is an antidepressant drug used medically in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and panic disorder.

Fluoxetine can also be used to treat many other conditions, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is sold under the brand names Prozac®, Symbyax® (compounded with olanzapine), Sarafem®, Fontex® (Sweden), Foxetin® (Argentina), Ladose® (Greece), Fluctin® (Austria, Germany), Prodep® (India), Fludac® (India) and Lovan® (Australia). Fluoxetine was derived from diphenhydramine, which is an antihistamine found to inhibit reuptake of the neurotransmitter "serotonin". 

Compared to other popular Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), fluoxetine has a strong energizing effect. This makes fluoxetine highly effective in treatment of clinical depression cases where symptoms like depressed mood and lack of energy exist. Although stimulating, it is also approved for a variety of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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