Fluoxetine 60mg Tablets-The Same Old Happy Pill With A New Dosing Option.

The New Generic Prozac 60mg. Tablet

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Prozac-Out With The Old, In With The New

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The world of pharmaceuticals as well as those who represent the world of psychiatry and psychiatrists, often referred to as shrinks, had brought us a wonder drug for depression by the name of Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride). Now each and every reader in the audience may be very familiar with this very popular brand name drug; manufactured and introduced by the drug company Eli Lilly back in 1987. Some people may not be familiar with the name Prozac at all, let alone heard of the name Eli Lilly.


When I recently asked a buddy has he ever heard of the drug company Eli Lilly the makers of Prozac-he shrugged his shoulders and turning to me and said-"Ohhh you mean the the inventor of the cotton mill, a gin mill, or something of that sort?" I found that to be rather humorous to say the least but I knew from that comment that he was not on the same page as I was.


Anyway I told him he wasn't alone in his quest for knowledge about the various psychiatric drugs, old as well as new, that were on the market and the companies that manufactured them. The most important thing that I reiterated to him is that for the most part, a good many of these drugs do help those who suffer from some form of depression including major depressive disorder or (MDD).


And to add he was one of those individuals whom I wanted to make aware, that there were new forms and dosages of older drugs such as Prozac that are currently available. Having been previously on Paxil (Paroxetine Hydrochloride) for a number of years and then recently weaned off of it, I wanted to make him aware of similar prescription products, that would benefit him in some way with the depression and bipolar disorder that he had also been recently diagnosed with.


After all what are friends for and when you have information that may be valuable to someone including a friend, then why not share it so you can see them feeling up to par once again. It's what I call the human thing to do, but besides that point-It's a deep down good feeling you get from giving help to those in need. I think that anyone who works in some capacity within the healthcare or medical field will agree with me on that statement.


So if you have a family member, or friend that fits the illustration I previously gave, then it may behoove you as well as them, to share something new about an older drug that may help them out in the long run. I'm sure that you have heard this from your parents, or grandparents from one time or another, that it it aint broken-don't fix it. Or when it comes to an older model car...that they do not make them like they used to! And this is certainly true with a good majority of medications today.


Sometimes the older ones, using Prozac as an illustration, is a good example compared to a newer drug such as Cymbalta. So the point I am trying to make here is that if your old ford fairlane, or dodge rambler that you may have owned at one time, has no rust and the engine still purrs like a kitten, than why trade it in for a newer model. The newer models today being made of plastic, artificial wood and a variety of other cheap materials, could never compare to some of those older vehicles made out of real durable metals. And to add they had engines that were built to last.


Using this as an example and comparing it to an older drug like Prozac you could see that it is a drug that had generated over 23 million prescriptions, from the time that it was introduced in 1987 it continues to still benefit many people today. In fact there are over two million prescriptions currently written for either the newer 60mg. dosage, which I will talk about in a bit more detail as you read on further and/or the 30mg. dose. This equates to a little over nine percent of the total number or (TRX's) of generic Prozac-(Fluoxetine) written in the U.S. Today.


The newer (60mg) dosage of fluoxetine/Prozac will undoubtedly benefit many people who are already familiar with the compound, or currently take other dosages, which include a 10, 20, 40mg, or the 90mg once a day dose. Sarafem is also another brand name for the Prozac family of prescription antidepressants that is still used today in a (10,15, and 20mg) once a day dosing for the treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PDD) in women.


With this new 60mg. dosing option it gives those patients already on a generic form of Prozac another alternative to alleviate their symptoms of major depressive disorder, in one convenient higher dose of fluoxetine, without having to take three 20mg. tablets at one time. This can not only be inconvenient in itself, but also not initially deliver an equal amount of medication all at once.


And for the physician it offers one convenient tablet for their patients providing a quicker delivery method in one small easy to swallow tablet, to achieve the intended therapy goal that much quicker. Something that most patients who suffer from MDD really will benefit greatly from.


Another important aspect to mention here about the new 60mg once a day dosing option is, that at this dosage fluoxetine has also been found to be effective in treating patients suffering from (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa which is a diet related disorder and Panic Disorder. This is of course in addition to treating the major depressive disorder (MDD) that was previously mentioned.


Keep in mind not every individual patient suffereing from depression may need to be placed on a 60mg. dose of the medication. Some of those individuals will still benefit from a 20, 30, or a 40mg. dosage of fluoxetine. But once again the option is there so those who need that higher dosage to control their symptoms will be able to benefit.


Another positive feature of the 60mg. fluoxetine tablet, is that it is scored or is etched in the middle so it can be conveniently broken. The benefit of this is that it enables a patient and/or physician to halve or split the dosage to a lesser 30mg dosage. In this way the 30mg tablet can be taken or prescribed for a few weeks to see how the patients is doing in terms of symptoms. Than if a higher dosage is needed-the doctor and indivdual patient can agree on titrating the prior 30mg dose up to the higher 60 mg. dosage.


Fluoxetine tablets the newer generation generic of the original Prozac will give many individuals an additional benefit, it has already been proven in numerous clinical trials. And it will do this by assisting those depressed patients in achieving a greater level of relief for their MDD and/or OCD symptoms; in a formulation that has a proven safety profile for many years, because of the excellent safety track record it has gained since its development in 1987.


But before you choose, or take any medication for any reason including that of depression, first evaluate yourself and take a look at your surroundings. Because you may soon come to realize that you are a victim of your own environment and that you do not have any real issues at all.


It could simply be that you are surrounded by a bunch of idiots that are commonplace in our society and that you really don't have an illness after all, but many others around you do. Look at it from this point of view and you will save yourself two-hundred bucks or more, in less than a half hour, so carefully take this into consideration the next time you plan on sitting down with a shrink.





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louiseelcross 4 years ago from UK

I believe these drugs are dangerous to many and prescribed way too often. Drugs are the easy option. I went through hell, (Living Hell, chap 26, as a result of taking Seroxat, Britain's version of Paxil. Too many accept the label of depression and then take drugs as a way of dealing with life. I think many of these people are deeply unhappy and do not know they dont have to be.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Louise:

Thanks for your feedback in reference to this hub and yes, many people are unhappy today for many different reasons. For one a lot of it can be blamed on our own society. And prescription pills are not the only solution. If you do not need them, than do not take them, that is my theory. They are available just to help folks who need them get through difficult times. Sometimes cognitive therapy or talking over your problems with a trained professional is the best solution, in combination with drug therapy. Paxil for one has been found to have safety issues in the past as well. Again stay away from the RX drugs if you can. Sometimes eating a healthy and balanced diet, drinking up to six glasses of water per day, and getting enough exercise is the right combination that can not only benefit one physically, but mentally as well. Stay well my friend!

Jl


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louiseelcross 4 years ago from UK

I refused to take them when I realised how my mental health had deteriorated whilst taking them. My doctor refused to see me again. Many women feel like they have no choice but to take them, the doctors know best and all that. I agree that some are helped enourmously whilst others are not helped or feel better in anyway and are on the drugs for years and years. As a society we are becoming more dependant on pills to get us through and it is so sad that we have forgotton how to be happy. Thanks for chatting and have a really happy day.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hello Louise:

Not a problem It was nice chatting with you and thanks again for chiming in to voice your opionions on antidepressant meds. And hopefully you are one who never needs to take them. You are right that we are a society that has become too dependent on pills to get well. It can in turn make our bodies numb and we in turn won't always feel emotions as they were meant to be felt, including happiness and sadness. Take care.

Jl


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Hally Z. 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

My mother was diagnosed with dementia back in late 2010 and all the docs knew how to do was to prescribe her one anti-depressant after another. I have just recently gotten her off of Fluoxetine and will be tackling Pristiq next. I seriously doubt that her condition will improve/deteriorate should I take away all antidepressants from her medical treatments. One could argue that a serotonin reuptake inhibitor is good for someone who's brain is deteriorating, and that may be the case after all- but I'd like to see how she does without the drug first. Good review!


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York Author

Hally:

Thank you for stopping by and providing feedback in reference to my article. As you know antidepressants are not the real answer for any given individual suffering from any form of depression. Same applies to someone suffering from dementia like your mom. Antidepressants may not be the only solution to assisting her with dementia. I know my own mom is entering those years where dementia may inevitably enter her life one of these days. Sometimes we can only hope and wait to see how they react to other medications. I believe there is Excelon Patch and Aricept for example, which I believe are currently being used to treat Alzheimers disease. This drug may also be beneficial in treating some forms of dementia. However I do not know, or have all of the right answers either. I believe it is difficult to reverse the aging process, but I would like to believe that natural means, such as homeopathics and various other herbal medicines may be better for us than conventional prescription medicines today. Literally we have all become a society of pill poppers. But the reality is that most of us do need these medicines to help us live a healthier and better quality of life. Again thanks for all the feedback and hope your mom does better in the future. Stay well!

Jl


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Hally Z. 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks much for the advice. My mother has FTD, which is frontotemporal dementia. We tried Aricept on her and she lost her appetite and nearly ended up in the hospital. She does take Namenda too but none of these medicines are really for her type of dementia. She is at this point beyond the help of homeopathics- she has a caregiver with her for most of the day now and also has primary progressive aphasia- meaning she's fast losing her ability to speak. It's been a sad course of events for her- and she's only 58 now.

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