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

Examples of fluoxetine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After fluoxetine was baptized Prozac and psychiatrist and author Peter Kramer counselled America to listen to it, antidepressants recast depression. Jason Karlawish, STAT, 6 Dec. 2019 The drugs cited where diazepam, nordiazepam, fluoxetine, and norfluoxetine. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2019 Saoirse Kennedy Hill had a mix of methadone, fluoxetine, norfluoxetine, diazepam, nordiazepam, and alcohol in her system at the time of her death on Aug. 1 in Hyannisport, Mass., the Boston Herald reported, citing toxicology testing. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2019 Examples of such medications are fluoxetine, sertraline and citalopram. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, 18 Oct. 2019 But Pavlicev and her colleagues wanted to confirm fluoxetine was reducing ovulation by way of the central nervous system rather than somehow affecting the ovaries directly. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 30 Sep. 2019 There were also traces of tobacco; hydromorphone, a narcotic often marketed as Dilaudid; and fluoxetine, an antidepressant sometimes sold under the name Prozac. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, 17 July 2019 About 41 drugs have boosted their prices by more than 100%, including one version of the antidepressant fluoxetine -- also known as Prozac -- whose cost has surged 879%, Rx Saving Solutions said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 1 July 2019 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, 2 Mar. 2018

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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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“Fluoxetine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluoxetine. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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