flu·​ox·​e·​tine | \ flü-ˈäk-sə-ˌtēn How to pronounce fluoxetine (audio) \

Definition of fluoxetine

: an antidepressant drug C17H18F3NO that is administered in the form of its hydrochloride and enhances serotonin activity

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Studies of brain tissue samples showed that whereas ketamine silenced burst-firing within minutes, the standard antidepressant fluoxetine HCL, commonly known as Prozac, had no such effect at these timescales. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine’s Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression," 2 Mar. 2018 The patients were removed from the drug, but then agreed to try another course of treatment with fluoxetine under close observation. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants," 11 Sep. 2017 A report from the office of the chief medical examiner confirmed that Roy died from an overdose of methadone, alcohol, hydroxyzine and fluoxetine, the affidavit says. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "After Man Overdoses On Methadone, Suspected Supplier Charged With Manslaughter," 13 July 2017 According to Lane's mother and son, who gave statements to Metro, Lane suffered from dry mouth — a common side effect of fluoxetine. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "Woman Dies From Drinking Soda Along With Anti-Anxiety Meds," 6 Nov. 2015 The study's authors, from Hiroshima University and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama, Japan, administered Prozac (also known by its generic name, fluoxetine) to the mice during the first three weeks of their lives. Los Angeles Times, OregonLive.com, "Could Prozac be a treatment for children with autism?," 22 June 2017 Then emerged her daughter, Franny Tidwell, 32, who rummaged through 29 bottles of medication atop the refrigerator and brought down her own: oxcarbazepine for bipolar disorder, fluoxetine for depression, an opiate for pain. Washington Post, "Generations, disabled," 2 June 2017 This is a big societal problem, which is why 24.4 million prescriptions were filled for fluoxetine (the generic version of Prozac) in 2010 in America. Jonah Lehrer, WIRED, "How Does Prozac Work?," 17 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of fluoxetine

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fluoxetine

International Scientific Vocabulary, probably from fluor- + oxy + methyl + amine

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flu·​ox·​e·​tine | \ ˌflü-ˈäk-sə-ˌtēn How to pronounce fluoxetine (audio) \

Medical Definition of fluoxetine

: a drug that functions as an SSRI and is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C17H18F3NO·HCl especially to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder — see prozac

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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