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What is fluoxetine hcl?

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According to the National Institutes of Health, fluoxetine hydrochloride is the antidepressant medication commonly known as Prozac. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and is used to treat depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and other anxiety disorders.

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Wikipedia states that fluoxetine works by making the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin within the brain more efficient; however, the use of fluoxetine and other SSRIs may cause side-effects. Sexual dysfunction, headaches, insomnia and anxiety are all potential adverse effects of fluoxetine use. Regardless, fluoxetine and other SSRIs have been shown to be useful in treating a number of mental illnesses.

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