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Teva-Fluoxetine

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fluoxetine


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02216582 TEVA-FLUOXETINE 10MG CAPSULE
02216590 TEVA-FLUOXETINE 20MG CAPSULE

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Fluoxetine belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is used for the treatment of depression and helps to elevate mood. Fluoxetine is also used to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well as to treat the eating disorder, bulimia nervosa.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors work by increasing the amount of a neurotransmitter, called serotonin, which is available in certain parts of the brain. Although you may start feeling better within a few weeks of treatment, the full effects of the medication may not be evident until several weeks of treatment have passed.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

To treat depression, the recommended starting dose of fluoxetine for adults is 20 mg. After several weeks, your doctor may advise you to increase the dose if your symptoms have not improved. The maximum recommended dose of fluoxetine is 60 mg daily. Once your symptoms have been brought under control, the lowest effective dose of fluoxetine as prescribed by your doctor should be used to keep the symptoms from coming back. Your doctor may advise you to keep taking fluoxetine for several months.

For the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, the recommended adult dosage is 60 mg taken daily, although lower doses may be effective.

The recommended dose of fluoxetine to treat obsessive compulsive disorder ranges from 20 mg to 60 mg taken once daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Fluoxetine is generally taken once daily, in the morning. It may be taken with food or on an empty stomach.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

10 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with opaque green cap and opaque grey body, imprinted with black ink "novo" on cap and "10" on opposing cap and body portions of the capsule, contains fluoxetine hydrochloride equivalent to fluoxetine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxide black, FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, and D&C Yellow No. l0.

20 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with opaque light green cap and opaque ivory body, imprinted with black ink "novo" and "20" on opposing cap and body portions of the capsule, contains fluoxetine hydrochloride equivalent to fluoxetine 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Blue No. 1, and D&C Yellow No. 10.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take fluoxetine if you:

  • are allergic to fluoxetine or any ingredients of the medication
  • have taken a MAO inhibitor (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine) or thioridazine within the past 14 days

Do not take MAO inhibitors or thioridazine until at least 5 weeks after you stop your treatment with fluoxetine.



 

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