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Prozac is a drug that was released by the Eli Lilly corporation in 1987 aimed at fighting depression. Prozac is a member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor family, which increases serotonin levels in the synapse by blocking serotonin reuptake into brain cells. Official Prozac Website
If you or someone you know has had a problem with Prozac feel free to call the advertising section of FDA at (301) 827-2828. Also fill out the Medwatch form and also call FDA at 1-800-FDA 1088 press 0 or call (301) 443-1240.
Prozac Feedback and Side Effects

Well, Prozac didn't really help my depression, but I sure lost alot of weight on it, really fast.... Like 40 lbs in less than 3 months...

Posted by: Steffi at January 28, 2004 7:31 AM

Prozac has been the best thing that ever happened to me. It has freed me from depressive episodes and made me a lot less cranky, and so easier to be around, which has improved my key interpersonal relationships. I am glad to live in a time where depression and dysthymia can be treated.

Posted by: Pboy at February 20, 2004 11:14 AM

In combination with therapy, Prozac has been instrumental in helping me to overcome my depression of 10 years. However, I do not think that it would have been very useful for me if I had not had the guidance of a professional counsellor to help me understand why I became depressed in the first place and to help me prepare myself for life without the medication.

Prozac gives you the space to work through your problems but does not solve them for you.

Posted by: Broin at March 9, 2004 9:50 AM

I cant begin to say how much my life has changed for the better.
I am now singing in a band, painting pictures, my house is tidy (well reasonably), i work full time as a high school teacher and give freely of myself and enjoy my students. I have not just energy but desire to live life fully again. My kids are happier because i am not struggling so much. i can go out socially and not feel anxious, i am happy to just be and enjoy life without trying to hide away from pain or overcompensating by behaving like an overcoiled spring.
My sex life is better than it's ever been, i guess i am just a poster girl for Prozac!!!
I am now who i always knew i could be.

Posted by: mandy at May 11, 2004 5:43 AM

Been on prozac for a number of years now, dont know how much I can say it helped, being away from the cause of the depression (work place) was a bigger relief than the prozac was!

Still on it tho, not 100% yet, but just released a new website www.lsblogs.com so even us depressed prozac junkies can come in useful for something sometimes ;)

Posted by: ken at September 13, 2004 3:24 PM

I started taking 10mg of Prozac two months ago for severe PMS symptoms that turned my life and relationships upside down for the past 20 years...PMS symptoms included heavy binge drinking, extreme violence and hatefulness and even prone to some criminal activity during those times..I only take it 10 days out of the month and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!! My life during that time has become very stable, very peaceful and even keel.....I wish I could have known this years and years ago.......Everyone just thought I was a nut job and even had a fiance that would do his business traveling during my PMS and period times....I began dating a Urologist in December who secretly was monitoring and analyzing my behavior during that time of the month...instead of giving up on me he suggested several different things and the Prozac works like a charm......My life is much happier and more stable.....

Posted by: Jennifer at May 22, 2006 12:32 PM

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Posted by: Oswaldo Solis at November 12, 2006 4:33 PM

Prozac was the first step in regaining control of my life.

My counselor suspected that the root of my alcohol problem was distymia and she worked with my doctor to get me on Prozac.

I was "self medicating" with alcohol and food. Once we got he level right I no longer even think about alcohol, my moods are much more even and much less dark, and I've lost over 45 pounds.

Posted by: Duane at January 25, 2007 9:18 AM

seems like cheap promotion over web. Week ago in the list of victims just was added one more. Prozac is the name of killer, not medicine. My friend commited suicide and i still cant believe it, as he was the last person i would think to do this with himself. After investigation the fact that he was taking Prozac daily reveiled. I hate Lilly and people working fo it as they are legal criminal, making money out of others tragedies. I just wish one of their relative would be on Prozac one day. I am really pieced and sad that I lost my friend forever. And this bullshiting about "Oh my life is so brilliant now after Prozac bla bla bla" BULLSHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "My sex life is so brilliant". Are u crazy ?? Prozac makes u impotent... I ll stop cause unfortunately its all about DIRTY MONEY....

Posted by: Milena at November 7, 2008 8:41 AM

im 17,female and today i just started taking 10 mg fluoxetine.. so i hope everything goes swimmingly.. haha i tried to avioid some of the negative feedback i saw down there. im not liking the sounds of loss of sexual drive? if anything thats some i could use some work on lol but hopefully it all works out and brings happyness to my life. thanks for everything guys

Posted by: Taylor M at January 11, 2010 4:19 PM

Ive been on Prozac along with Zyprexa for major anxiety and depression for about 6weeks and i am finally feeling better. My anxiety has been reduced from a 10 to a 2, and im closer to getting back to work which ive been off for over 5months due to my latest episode. Ive been on several ADs through the years and have collapsed on all of them. I pray the Prozac/Zyprexa cocktail continues working for me so me and my family can have our lifes back.

Posted by: Mark harrison at June 9, 2010 1:26 PM

I'm a young teenager on 20mg prozac since 3 weeks, because I have side effects of a major depression that wasn't treated with neither medication or therapy.
When I come back from vacation, I'm probably going to start taking 30mg, depending on if I need it or not.
Apparently, I've been talking a lot with this medication. Not about my sadness, just small talk.
But, a couple of days, maybe one week after starting taking prozac, I hurt myself, and I haven't done that in months. Lately, maybe 1-2 days ago, I have wanted to hurt myself, but I haven't found anything to do it with.
I have been doing more crisis of nerves (crise de nerfs, in French xD), which basically is.. well, I groan, and I sometimes have a ball position (arms around my legs and knees in my face), and my hands and toes curl up. ? Anyways. It means that I have been much more stressed/anxious.
I have wanted to be isolated at home many times.
On a positive note, my concentration has very much improved.

Personally, I hate this medication. No one usually takes those meds at my age.
But, from my mom's point of view (I live with her), I'm getting a bit better.

Posted by: Katia at July 7, 2010 12:12 AM

Today is my first day on Prozac. For numorous years I have not been able to maintain relationships, I turned to alcohol in a BIG way and gained 30 lbs. I enjoy nothing but drinking alcohol and am able to maintain a full time job as well as be a good mother to three wonderful kids. I am looking forward to my new life. Undepressed and Happy.

Posted by: Tmoma at March 28, 2013 1:57 PM

I read your blog post about Prozac. It said that it is used in fighting depression. It's a member of the Selective Retake Inhibitor family and that increases serotonin levels in the synapse by blocking serotonin reuptake into brain cells.

Posted by: Joseph Fanning at February 3, 2016 8:36 AM

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