Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Does My Wife Need Prozac?

Friday, 18 May 2012 04:24 PM

Question: My wife went to her doctor and came home with a prescription for Prozac. She had never seemed depressed to me, but I guess she told her doctor she had been feeling blue lately. Now that she’s on the Prozac, she seems listless and without energy. If anything, she seems more depressed now. What can I do about this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Prozac is used to treat mental depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and panic disorder. This medicine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. This medicine should come with a medication guide; read it carefully and discuss things you do not understand with your doctor.
I hope that your wife is taking this medicine only as directed by her doctor. Dosing and duration is very important with Prozac. It is possible that there could be worsening depression, other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes with Prozac.
It is important to report any changes immediately to the doctor and and to check her progress at regular visits in order to allow her doctor to make changes in her dose and help reduce any side effects. Her doctor may even order blood tests to check for unwanted effects.

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Prozac use needs to be monitored very carefully.
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