- Mental Health
Fluoxetine 60mg Tablets-The Same Old Happy Pill With A New Dosing Option.
The New Generic Prozac 60mg. Tablet
Prozac-Out With The Old, In With The New
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.