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Common Side Effects of Prozac
Prozac has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects seen with a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects of Prozac included:
Insomnia -- in up to 33% of people; Nausea -- up to 29%; Weakness -- up to 21%; Headache -- up to 21%; Diarrhea -- up to 18%; Loss of appetite -- up to 17%; Drowsiness -- up to 17%; Anxiety -- up to 15%; Nervousness -- up to 14%; Shakiness (tremor) -- up to 13%; Dry mouth -- up to 12%; Decreased sex drive -- up to 11%; Yawning -- up to 11%; Indigestion -- up to 10%; Dizziness -- up to 9%; Sweating -- up to 8%; Impotence -- up to 7%; Ejaculation problems -- up to 7%.
Other common Prozac side effects (that occurred in at least 1% of people) include:
Flushing (redness of the skin, especially the face); Abnormal dreams; Constipation; Gas; Vomiting; Fever or chills; Weight loss; Vision changes; Chest pain; High blood pressure (hypertension); Increased appetite and weight gain; Taste changes.
There are a number of less common, but more serious side effects of Prozac that you should report immediately to the doc who prescribed the med, including, but not limited to:
Suicidal thoughts or behavior; Anxiety, agitation, or panic attacks; Hostility or aggressiveness; Engaging in unusual or dangerous activities; Restlessness or inability to sit still; Extreme elation or feeling of happiness that may switch back and forth with a depressed or sad mood; Other unusual changes in behavior; Signs of serotonin syndrome (a rare but dangerous problem associated with certain medications), such as:
Confusion or other mental changes; A rapid heart rate; Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; Hallucinations; Blood pressure changes; An irregular heart rhythm; Overactive reflexes; Fever, sweating, or shivering; Shakiness; Agitation; Seizures; Coma; Chest palpitations; Difficulty sleeping; Changes in vision or eye pain; Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
These rare side effects occur in less than 1% of people. For these side effects, it is difficult to tell whether they are actually caused by the medication itself or something else.
Some of these rare but possible Prozac side effects include, but are not limited to:
Canker sores; Hypothyroidism; Arthritis; Leg cramps; Acne; Hair loss; Menstrual problems; Diabetes; Atrial fibrillation; Congestive heart failure; Stroke; Gout; Asthma; High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia); Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
Please also do consult your doc since you have been taking the med since a long time now, perhaps you may not have the side effects as your system would have gotten used to taking Prozac.
Take care, be well, please.
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