First of the class of antidepressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), generic name fluoxetine hydrochloride. Introduced in 1986 as a treatment for clinical depression, Prozac is also used to treat a variety of other psychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and bulimia nervosa. The drug, taken as a pill, apparently achieves its therapeutic effect by interfering with the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin within the brain.
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Their first album, Testa Plastica in 1996, was critically acclaimed but sold poorly due to distribution problems; their recording company responded by sending the band on a year-long concert tour, during which they performed at over 200 shows. Their second album, Acido Acida in 1998, was released by EMI and sold 175 000 copies.