|Chemical name: Fluoxetine
Brand name: Prozac
Typical dosage: 20mg
Typical type: Capsule1
Fluoxetine is used to treat a variety of disorders such as depression, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Fluoxetine is available as a brand name or generic and comes as an oral tablet, oral capsule or oral liquid.
Fluoxetine is the generic form of the brand name drug Prozac.
Fluoxetine is used to treat many behavioral disorders including bipolar, bulimia, major depressive disorders, OCD and panic disorder. Fluoxetine is typically taken once daily, and the dose depends on what you are using it for.
Fluoxetine increases the amount of serotonin in the brain to decrease symptoms of the above disorders.
Common side effects include upset stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dry mouth, sleepiness, strange dreams, insomnia, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, nervousness and headache.
Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Fluoxetine.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Fluoxetine.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|Free – $12||Free – $12|
Fluoxetine starts working after a few weeks of taking it. It can sometimes take up to a few months to feel the full effect of the medication. Do not stop taking Fluoxetine unless your doctor tells you to, even if you feel better.
Fluoxetine is approved for use in some children, but not all. Talk to the doctor to be sure that this drug is right for your child.
Fluoxetine can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. The risk of suicidal thoughts might be higher if you have experienced them in the past. If you experience signs of depressed mood, nervousness, restlessness, irritation or panic attacks, call your doctor.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.
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1 GoodRx. Fluoxetine. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/fluoxetine.
2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.
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