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Fluoxetine is in the class of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants, SSRIs. An antidepressant believed to be beneficial because they affect how some brain circuits and the chemicals referred to as neurotransmitters are transmitted between neurons. The antidepressant increases the level of specific neurotransmitters in the brain to prevent their break down and being absorbed back into the neurons and these neurotransmitters stay longer in the synapse a gap between the nerves. When the levels of neurotransmitters are increased, communication between the nerve cells is enhanced leading to the strengthening of brain’s circuits which regulate mood (Burnet, 2017).
Fluoxetine has side effects which include loss of appetite, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, trouble sleeping and drowsiness and persistence of any of this effect should be directed to the doctor quickly. A nurse should be notified if there are mood changes like tension, unfamiliar high eagerness, suicidal thoughts, and alterations in sexual ability (information, 2018). Fluoxetine is not appropriate with a combination of other drugs which increases serotonin and in a diabetic patient it may affect their blood sugar levels, careful monitoring of blood sugar is essential (Fluoxetine HCL, 2018).
Fluoxetine as any other antidepressant may not act instantly and may take four to six weeks to really feel any effect. Also, it may take some time to actually know which antidepressant work for every individual, the patient should be willing to walk closely with his doctor. After fully recovering, one should seek doctor advice on how to gradually stop using the drug for instant pull out may make one very sick. (Oberlander, MD, William Warburton, Shaila Misri, & al, 2006).
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