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How to Counteract the Side Effects of Prozac Supplements

author image Jaime Herndon
Jaime Herndon has been writing for health websites since 2009 and has guest-blogged on SheKnows. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and women's studies, she earned a Master of Science in clinical health psychology and a Master of Public Health in maternal-child health. Her interests include oncology, women's health and exercise science.
How to Counteract the Side Effects of Prozac Supplements
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Prozac, the brand name for the antidepressant fluoxetine, is a drug in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, class. It helps increase the amount of serotonin available in the brain and aids in boosting mood and relieving anxiety or obsessive-compulsive symptoms, says Drugs.com. Like any drug, it may cause side effects that tend to go away once your body gets used to the medication. Many of these side effects are mild, but some can be irritating or persistent, although there are things you can do to help deal with them. Talk with your doctor about any side effects that are especially bothersome or that do not go away.

Step 1

Sip water throughout the day or chew sugarless gum to help alleviate dry mouth, suggests MayoClinic.com. Dry mouth is a common side effect of Prozac that increases your risk of developing cavities. Suck on ice chips or sugarless candies, and see your dentist twice a year to maintain good oral health.

Step 2

Nap briefly, take a short walk outside or take your Prozac one to two hours before bedtime if it makes you drowsy, notes MayoClinic.com. Fatigue is more likely to occur when you first start taking an antidepressant, but it tends to resolve as time goes on.

Step 3

Take Prozac with a meal or snack if it causes an upset stomach. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that it can be taken with or without food. Find out what works for you and causes the least amount of gastrointestinal upset.

Step 4

Talk with your doctor if you find Prozac is causing any sexual side effects. This medication may cause you to lose interest in sex. Adding medications or hormone creams may ease sexual problems and help restore libido. A "drug holiday" may also be an option, but talk with your doctor before going off your medication at all.

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