What is Prozac?

Prozac is a brand product that contains Fluoxetine, which belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the level of the hormone, serotonin, which helps to elevate mood. It is therefore used to treat various mental health conditions like depression with or without anxiety symptoms, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder.

How to use it?

Prozac is available as capsules.

 

For depression with or without anxiety, the usual starting dose is 20mg once daily, then slowly increase based on response. The maximum daily dose is 80mg.


For obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder, the usual starting dose is 5-10mg once daily, then slowly increases based on response. The maximum daily dose is 60mg daily.

What are the side effects of Prozac?

Common side effects of Prozac include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, lowered interest in sex, and sleep disturbance.

Who should not take Prozac?

  • Anyone who has an allergy to any components of Prozac

Pharmacist Tips:

  • It may take up to a few weeks to see the effects.
  • Do not stop abruptly as it may cause withdrawal syndromes, such as headache and muscle tension.
  • Do not drink alcohol as it may worsen your mood.

Common dosing schedule: 
Take with or without food.
 

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Prozac may interact with:

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Prozac in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Prozac is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Prozac in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Available dosage
  • 10mg / 20mg (Capsules)
Drug class
Antidepressants
Sub class
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Generic Names