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Prozac (Molecule of the Month for February 1996)


Fluoxetine (brand name: Prozac) is in a new class of antidepressant medications that affects chemical messengers within the brain. These chemical messengers are called neurotransmitters. Many experts believe that an imbalance in these neurotransmitters is the cause of depression. Fluoxetine is believed to work by inhibiting the release or affects the action of Seratonin.

Fluoxetine is used in the treatment of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. The medication is usually taken once or twice daily. Fluoxetine should be taken with food at doses specifically directed by your physician. Individual doses vary greatly between individuals. If discontinued you should gradually withdraw from this medication as directed by your prescribe. Usual doses range from 20 mg to 80mg.

Formal Chemical Name (IUPAC)

Picture of Prozac 3D model

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Picture of Prozac

Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for February 1996 )

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