Fluoxetine is a prescription medication belonging to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Fluoxetine is a generic drug; the brand names for fluoxetine or Prozac, Prozac weekly, Rapiflux, Sarafem, and Selfemra. Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, panic attacks, premenstrual disorders, and other conditions. Fluoxetine works by inhibiting CNS neuronal uptake of serotonin.
Fluoxetine Hcl is a drug used in the treatment of a major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and bulimia. It is also used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fluoxetine Hcl belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs, meaning it increases serotonin concentrations between nerves.
This is believed to enhance the mood of patients with psychiatric disorders. Fluoxetine Hcl is only available via the oral route and is mostly metabolized in the liver. Common side effects with fluoxetine HCl include weight changes, upset stomach, nausea, sleep disturbances, decreased sex drive, and fatigue. Some patients experience suicidal ideation when taking this drug.