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Fluoxetine & Weight Loss

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author image Amy Long Carrera
Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.
Fluoxetine & Weight Loss
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Fluoxetine is the generic name for Prozac, a medication commonly used to treat major depression. Doctors also prescribe this medication for bulimia nervosa, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. Decreased appetite and weight loss may occur as a result of taking fluoxetine, according to the Drugs.com website.

Effect on Weight

Of study participants who took fluoxetine for major depression during U.S. clinical trials, 11 percent reported loss of appetite and 1.4 percent noted weight loss, according to Drugs.com. Of the subjects who took a placebo, only 2 percent complained of decreased appetite and 0.5 percent reported weight loss. Fluoxetine may result in an average, short-term weight loss of up to just more than 7 pounds in obese patients, according to a study review article published in the December 2003 issue of the "American Family Physician." However, there is no evidence that this weight will stay off -- and the article suggests that a healthy diet combined with physical activity be used as the primary method for achieving weight control and preventing obesity.

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