Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prozac is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine.
Prozac is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Prozac is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.
How do I take it?
Prozac should be taken exactly as prescribed.
Prozac comes in capsule form.
The FDA-approved label for Prozac lists common side effects including nausea, skin rash, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, and sweating.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Prozac include serotonin syndrome, which may be life-threatening.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Prozac – RxList
Lupus and depression: Know the signs and how to get help – Lupus Foundation of America