Prozac (Fluoxetine) Related Topics
For around a half century, Prozac has been the “go-to” drug for the treatment of depression. Prozac (also called fluoxetine when generic) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drug that regulates serotonin levels. This boost of serotonin is what provides a positive effect on mood for individuals suffering from various mental conditions such as panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorder.
Although Prozac is seen as a safe and non-habit-forming drug when taken as prescribed, the abuse of Prozac is commonplace – in part due to it being readily available through prescriptions. People taking Prozac are doing so to help lift their mood. As this change occurs, they sometimes feel the need to further enhance the positive sensations derived from taking Prozac. They then start self-managing their doses – taking more of the drug than prescribed or taking it more often than suggested. The increase of Prozac in their system leads to the body building up a tolerance to the new, higher amount of the drug. Tolerance then turns to a psychological dependency as the user doesn’t want to retreat to the emotional state felt when the dose was lower. This dependency then becomes an addiction to Prozac with side effects that include anxiety, aggression, hallucinations, paranoia and more.
If you or somebody you know has become dependent on Prozac, help to break this addiction is available. To learn more, check out the related topics or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about recovery options.