FDA Approves Lilly's Prozac

Prozac is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

Prozac is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Prozac is sometimes used together with another medication called olanzapine (Zyprexa) to treat depression caused by bipolar disorder (manic depression). This combination is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Prozac (fluoxetine) is an SSRI antidepressant manufactured by Eli Lilly. In 1987, Prozac was the first SSRI to enter the U.S. market as an approved treatment for depression. Fluoxetine is indicated for the treatment of:
Panic Disorder with or without agoraphobia,
Bulimia Nervosa,
Major Depressive Disorder,
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD),
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Prozac, also called fluoxetine hydrochloride, is a psychotropic antidepressant administered orally. The drug is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and panic disorder. It is also used (off-label) to treat numerous other conditions, such as ADHD. It was derived from diphenhydramine, an antihistamine which inhibits reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

Compared to other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Prozac has a strong affect on energy levels, which makes the drug highly effective in treating clinical depression cases where depressed mood and lack of energy are prevalent. Though stimulating, it is approved for a variety of anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder and OCD.

Prozac belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used in adults for the treatment of major depressive disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia. In children and adolescents, Prozac is used to treat major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prozac Weekly is approved for treating major depression.