The generic antidepressant fluoxetine, better known by the brand name Prozac, helps those who are dealing with clinical depression, however, there are risks associated with taking the drug. Abusing Prozac is fairly common, but experts don’t believe it is an addictive drug.
Prozac has a generic brand name of Fluoxetine. This type of drug is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Prozac does not belong to the group of drugs known as benzodiazepines, so it cannot be detected using a benzodiazepines drug test.
Anyone who is taking a prescription medication should also think about the addictive aspects of the drug. If a drug is designed to make you feel good, it is understandable that it could easily be abused. For example, if you feel relaxed when you take Prozac and your symptoms of depression disappear, you might want to take more than what the doctor prescribes. Or, your doctor might suggest that you stop taking the drug. Since it makes you feel good, you might want to ignore your doctor’s advice.
Is Fluoxetine Addictive?
Experts proclaim that Prozac isn’t addictive or habit-forming. But, you should know that if a drug is abused, there is a good chance that you could become dependent on it psychologically. Prozac could give you the feeling that you can’t relax or go to sleep at night without it. Another real fear is that if you stop taking it that your depression will come back in full force. This hesitation could make you think that you can’t live without the drug.
Prozac’s Side Effects
Addiction to Prozac isn’t common, but the abuse if it is. Abuse of it indicates there is an increased chance of suffering the negative effects. The side effects you might experience might be even more severe than usual. Some of Prozac’s side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, excessive sweating, loss of appetite, sore throat, nervousness, weight loss, nausea and a diminished sex drive. Some of the more severe but rare side effects include rash and hives, swelling and joint pain, problems breathing, fever, confusion, seizures and hallucinations.
If you have been abusing Prozac, you will experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome is the official name given to this condition and it is a serious concern. Irritability, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, depression and flu-like symptoms are some of the withdrawal symptoms. Have you been abusing Prozac? Are you concerned about withdrawal? Before you stop taking the drug, consult with your doctor. To stop the syndrome from occurring, your doctor will help you to slowly come off of it. It is dangerous to abuse any drug, so know the side effects before using.
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This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated regularly since.