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Medication type:

Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor

Other names:
  • Prozac "PRO-zak"
Taking antidepressants  anti psychotic and mood stabilisers original listing
Taking anti-depressants, anti-psychotic and mood stabilisers
It feels like being really tired all the time...but it makes me feel less emotional

What can it be used for?

  • 18 & Over
    If you are 18 or over, fluoxetine can be prescribed for you as a licensed medicine for depression (low mood) and some other conditions.
  • Under 18
    If you are under 18, there is less research about its use and effectiveness in young people, but it can be prescribed to help young people aged 8-17 years.

Ways to take and what's in it?

  • Capsules

    20mg strength

  • Liquids

    20mg per 5ml spoonful

  • Tablets

    20mg strength

Fluoxetine is a type of antidepressant called a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor.

It can be used to help with low mood and anxiety.

If you have any thoughts of suicide, or of other ways of hurting yourself, go straight to a hospital with your medicine. This may be a side-effect, and you need urgent help.

Issues like alcohol, driving, concentration, sports, weight, sex life and fertility.