Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride)

Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride)

General Information

Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) is indicated for the treatment of:

  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • A severe form of premenstrual syndrome
  • A certain eating disorder

This medication may help improve your sleep, appetite, mood, and energy level. This may also help restore your interest in daily living. It may lessen anxiety, fear, number of panic attacks, and unwanted thoughts. It may also reduce the urge to perform repeated tasks and lessen premenstrual symptoms. Some of the symptoms may be increased appetite, irritability, or depression.

How does Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) work?

Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) works by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a natural substance. An increase of it helps to treat symptoms of the said symptoms.

Why use Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride)?

Sarafem contains Fluoxetine Hydrochloride as an active ingredient. It belongs to the class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This comes as a tablet for oral administration. Each tablet has the strengths of 10 mg, 15 mg, or 20 mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride)?

Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) is usually taken once a day. It is to be taken by mouth. The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

If you are taking this for premenstrual problems, you may take it just for the 2 weeks before your period. It is through the first full day of your period.

Take the medicine exactly as it is prescribed. Remember to take it at the same time every day. Do not take it more often or longer than the prescription.

What are the side-effects of Sarafem (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride)?

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Weight changes
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep problems or insomnia
  • Difficulty having an orgasm
  • Cold symptoms (sneezing, stuffy nose, or sore throat)

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. Tell also if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
  • This may not be recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of this drug.
  • Do not use this past the expiration date.
  • You should not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • This drug may make you feel dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or do anything that needs your alertness. Do it if you are already feeling well.
  • Keep this away from heat and moisture.