Please read this leaflet before you start to take Prozac®
Before you take Prozac® liquid
liquid. It contains important information about yourmedicine. If there is anything you do not understand or if
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor or
are pregnant or think you may be pregnant or are
you have any other questions, please ask your doctor or a
If you have ever had (or think you might have had) a
are breastfeeding or planning to start breastfeeding.
Keep this leaflet while you are taking this medicine. You
rash or allergy to fluoxetine or any of the other
ingredients. An allergy may include rash, itching,
What other products affect Prozac
Prozac® liquid has been prescribed by your doctor
swollen face or lips or shortness of breath. The
especially for you. Do not give it to anyone else.
ingredient benzoic acid is a mild irritant to the skin,
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or
If you are a carer or are helping someone else to take their
recently have taken any other medicines. Also tell him
medicine, please read this leaflet before you give the first
or her if you have taken any other medicines in the
If you are taking (or have taken at any time within at
last five weeks. This includes medicines you have
least the last two weeks) any medicines known as
This leaflet is here to help you as you
bought without a prescription like aspirin and
start your treatment. Read it carefully
What is this medicine called?
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (also called MAOIs).
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Your medicine is called Prozac® liquid.
and keep it handy.
Do not take any MAOIs for at least five weeks after you
This medicine may affect the way some other
stop taking Prozac® liquid. Examples of MAOIs include
What is in my medicine?
medicines work. These include lithium, tryptophan,
selegeline, moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine and
Its active ingredient is fluoxetine hydrochloride. Each 5ml
haloperidol, clozapine, alprazolam and diazepam
of Prozac® liquid has 20mg of fluoxetine in it.
(these are used to treat depression, anxiety and other
mental disorders); tramadol (a painkiller) or
The oral solution also contains the inactive ingredients
sumatriptan (for migraine), flecainide or encainide
benzoic acid, sucrose, glycerin, mint flavouring and
have epilepsy or have had a fit in the past;
(for heart problems); vinblastine (for cancer);
purified water. Prozac® liquid comes in a 70ml bottle. It is
carbamazepine or phenytoin (for epilepsy), tricyclic
a clear liquid, that has no colour and smells of mint.
Prozac® liquid is made and released onto the market by Lilly
have diabetes (you may need to adjust your dose of
desipramine and amitriptyline) or warfarin (used to
SA, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. The marketing authorisation
insulin or other antidiabetic treatment);
is held by Eli Lilly and Company Limited, Basingstoke, RG216XA, England. It is distributed in Ireland by Eli Lilly and
Only take other medicines if your doctor says it is safe
Company (Ireland) Limited, Hyde House, 65 Adelaide Road,
are elderly and taking diuretics (water tablets);
You should not start to take the herbal remedy St
What Prozac® liquid does
are having ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) treatment;
John’s wort while you are being treated with Prozac®liquid. If you are already taking St John’s wort when
Prozac® liquid is one of a group of medicines called
have a history of bleeding disorders.
you start on Prozac® liquid, stop taking the St John’s
selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI)
wort and mention it to your doctor at your next visit.
have trouble digesting fructose or any other form of
This medicine is used to treat any of the following:
Some medicines may affect your judgement or
Depending on what illness you have, your doctor will
The eating disorder bulimia nervosa.
co-ordination. Do not drive or use machinery unless you
Obsessive compulsive disorder (also called OCD).
your doctor first, even when you start to feel better.
Whole body -
chills, sensitivity to sunlight, weight loss.
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of
Digestive system -
diarrhoea and stomach upsets,
Depression: Have one 5ml spoonful (20mg) each day.
Make sure you do not run out of your medicine.
indigestion, difficulty swallowing or a change in taste, or
Date this leaflet was written: August 2004.
Bulimia nervosa: Have three 5ml spoonfuls (60mg)
What if you miss a dose
‘Prozac’ and ‘Lilly’ are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly
If you miss a dose, take one as soon as you can. Then
Nervous system -
headache, sleep problems or unusual
Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Your doctor will
dreams, dizziness, poor appetite, tiredness, abnormally
2004, Eli Lilly and Company Limited.
probably tell you to have one 5ml spoonful a day. Your
high mood, uncontrollable movements, fits, extreme
doctor may increase your dose to two or three 5ml
Taking your medicine at the same time each day may
restlessness, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, anxiety,
spoonfuls each day. If you are not sure how much to
help you to remember to take it regularly.
nervousness, not being able to concentrate or think
What do you do if you take too much?
Always follow your doctor’s instructions as to how
Urogenital system and reproductive disorders
If you take too much medicine go to your nearest
much medicine to take and how often to take it.
- difficulty passing urine, or passing urine too frequently,
hospital emergency department (or casualty) or tell
poor sexual performance, and producing breastmilk.
The instructions will also be on the label on the pack.
hair loss, yawning, blurred vision, unexplained
Do not take more medicine than your doctor tells
Take your medicine with you if you can.
bruising or bleeding, sweating, hot flushes, feeling dizzy
Possible side effects
when you stand up, or joint or muscle pain.
You can take the medicine with or without food,
Like all medicines, Prozac® liquid can have side effects.
Most of these are usually nothing to worry about and go
away after the first few weeks while you are taking your
If you get a rash or allergy reaction such as itching,
You should avoid alcohol while you are taking this
swollen lips/tongue or wheezing/shortness of breath,
stop taking the medicine straight away and tell your
Rarely, tests have shown changes in the way the liver works.
Prozac® liquid is not usually used in children because it
has not been studied in detail in young patients.
You may feel dizzy or experience tingling, headache, anxiety
Tell your doctor immediately if your skin starts to
When you first start to take your medicine
and nausea when you stop taking Prozac® liquid. These
turn red and the blister or peel. This is very rare.
symptoms are generally not serious and disappear within a
You may not feel better immediately when you first start
taking your medicine for depression. This is normal
few days. If you experience symptoms when you stop
because an improvement in depressive symptoms may not
a combination of symptoms including unexplained
fever with faster breathing, sweating, muscle stiffness,
The symptoms of depression may include thoughts of
confusion, extreme agitation or sleepiness (only
Storing your medicine
harming yourself or committing suicide. Until the full
antidepressant effect becomes apparent, it is possible that
feelings of weekness, drowsiness or confusion (mostly
these symptoms of depression may increase in the first few
The pack has a ‘Use before’ date on it. Do not take
Tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital if
you have any distressing thoughts or experiences during
If you have any further questions please talk to your
this initial period or at any other time.
Do not stop taking your medicine without speaking to your
doctor. It is important that you keep taking your medicine.
If you have any of the above you should tell your doctor
If your doctor decides to stop treatment, return any
left-over medicine to a pharmacist. Only keep it if
Keep taking it until your doctor asks you to stop.
If you have any of the following and they bother you, or
Do not stop taking your medicine without asking
last for some time, tell your doctor or a pharmacist:
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