Since the mid-1970s, Prozac has been a staple drug in the treatment of depression. Known as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant, Prozac (fluoxetine) works on the body’s central nervous system to boost serotonin, thereby affecting the user’s mood. It is commonly prescribed as a treatment for anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bulimia and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Prozac, when taken alone and as prescribed, is considered non-habit forming and non-addictive. However, Prozac abuse is common. It is one of the easiest prescription drugs to acquire, making misuse much more likely. As with any drug that produces a positive effect on one’s mood, many times the user becomes acclimated to that level of well-being and then seeks to enhance it – just a bit more. This leads to dosing in higher amounts than prescribed or more frequently than is recommended. The user then increases their tolerance, and a psychological dependency forms into an addiction. Prozac addiction manifests with several telltale signs, including violent thoughts and actions, aggression, anxiety, hallucinations, jitters, excessive talking, and paranoia.

If you’ve seen these signs and are looking to learn more or find help for someone who may have an addiction to Prozac, we have answers. Call the Prozac hotline today to speak with a specialist who can help.