What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Before having any laboratory test (especially those that involve methylene blue), tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking Ranflutin.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Q: Would Prozac cause excess sweating and low blood sodium?
A: Prozac (Ranflutin) is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Prozac is approved for the treatment of depression, treatment of binge eating and vomiting in patients with bulimia nervosa, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), panic disorder, and in combination with other medications for bipolar depression. According to medical references, diaphoresis is a possible side effect associated with the use of Prozac and has been reported in studied patients with an incidence of 2% to 8%. Diaphoresis is defined as excessive sweating. Hyponatremia is listed as a possible side effect of Prozac with an incidence less than 1%. Hyponatremia is defined as a condition where the sodium level in the blood is low. If you think that you are experiencing a side effect from your medication, talk to your physician. Do not stop taking or change the dose of the medication without first talking to your physician. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Excessive sweating can have various causes. Everyday Health provides a symptom checker regarding excessive sweating. Click here to access the symptom checker. Something to take into consideration is that low sodium can be caused by excessive sweating. Jen Marsico, RPh
Q: How do I take Prozac for depression?
A: To take Prozac (Ranflutin) for depression, patients should be advised that treatment may require four weeks or longer before the full therapeutic effect of Prozac is observed. It is essential for patients to take Prozac for depression exactly as prescribed by a health care provider and not to adjust the dosing regimen or discontinue treatment with Prozac without the supervision of their doctor. Prozac is indicated for the treatment of depression in adult and pediatric patients, aged 8 to 18 years. To take Prozac for depression, the initial adult dose is 20 mg per day administered in the morning. The usual dosage of Prozac for depression ranges from 20 to 80 mg daily. During clinical trials for depression, 20 mg daily was an adequate dosage, in most patients, to achieve a desired therapeutic outcome. Research suggests that dosages higher than 20 mg per day may be administered once daily in the morning or may be administered twice daily when necessary, in the morning and at noon. To take Prozac for depression, the maximum daily dose is 80 mg. Prozac for weekly administration is also effective for treating depression in adults. To take Prozac for depression in children and adolescents, age 8 and older, the usual dose of Prozac is 10 to 20 mg daily. For both adult and pediatric patients, an increase in dosage of Prozac may be considered after several weeks of treatment if a less than satisfactory clinical improvement is observed. It is essential that patients are periodically monitored and reassessed to determine if further treatment is required. When taking Prozac for depression, doses are typically administered in the morning unless otherwise instructed. Patients taking Prozac for depression should be informed regarding the most commonly observed adverse reactions. During clinical trials, adverse reactions reported in 5% of patients or greater included abnormal dreams, abnormal ejaculation, anorexia, anxiety, asthenia, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia, flu syndrome, impotence, insomnia, decreased libido, nausea, nervousness, pharyngitis, rash, sinusitis, somnolence, sweating, tremor, vasodilatation and yawn. Prior to beginning treatment with Prozac for depression, it is essential to inform your physician of any other medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, over the counter products and dietary or herbal supplements to avoid potentially dangerous interactions.
- Serotonin syndrome warning: This drug can cause a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome. This syndrome happens when medications cause too much serotonin to build up in your body. Symptoms can include agitation, hallucinations (seeing or hearing something that isn’t there), problems with coordination, and a racing heart rate. They can also include overactive reflexes, fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of this condition.
- Mania warning: This drug may cause mania. Symptoms include greatly increased energy, extreme irritability, talking more or faster than usual, racing thoughts, or severe trouble sleeping.
- Low salt levels warning: This drug may cause you to have dangerously low salt levels in your blood. Symptoms include headache, weakness, confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and feeling unsteady. Call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of this condition.
Ranflutin is a prescription drug. It comes as a capsule, delayed-release capsule, tablet, and solution. All forms are taken by mouth. (A delayed-release capsule is released into your body more slowly.)
Ranflutin oral capsule is available as the brand-name drugs Prozac and Prozac Weekly. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand-name versions. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as brand-name drugs.
Ranflutin oral capsule may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications. For the treatment of depressive episodes related to bipolar I disorder and treatment-resistant depression, this drug must be used with olanzapine.
Urgent advice: Call a doctor straight away if:
You've taken too much Ranflutin by accident and experience symptoms such as:
- being sick (vomiting)
- feeling sleepy
- feeling agitated
- heart problems
- lung problems
- fits (seizures)
If you need to go to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department, do not drive yourself - get someone else to drive you or call for an ambulance.
Take the Ranflutin packet, or the leaflet inside it, plus any remaining medicine with you.
Like all medicines, Ranflutin can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones. Some of the common side effects of Ranflutin will gradually improve as your body gets used to it.
Although changes in sexual desire, sexual performance, and sexual satisfaction often occur as manifestations of a psychiatric disorder, they may also be a consequence of pharmacologic treatment. In particular, some evidence suggests that SSRIs can cause such untoward sexual experiences. Reliable estimates of the incidence and severity of untoward experiences involving sexual desire, performance, and satisfaction are difficult to obtain, however, in part because patients and physicians may be reluctant to discuss them. Accordingly, estimates of the incidence of untoward sexual experience and performance, cited in product labeling, are likely to underestimate their actual incidence. In patients enrolled in US Major Depressive Disorder, OCD, and bulimia placebo-controlled clinical trials, decreased libido was the only sexual side effect reported by at least 2% of patients taking Ranflutin (4% Ranflutin, 1 .
How should I take Ranflutin?
Take Ranflutin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
To treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the usual dose of Ranflutin is once daily while you are having your period, or 14 days before you expect your period to start. Follow your doctor's instructions.
It may take up to 4 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Do not stop using Ranflutin suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using Ranflutin.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
How to use Ranflutin HCL
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using Ranflutin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning. If you are taking this medication twice a day, your doctor may direct you to take it in the morning and at noon.
If you are taking Ranflutin for premenstrual problems, your doctor may direct you to take it every day of the month or just for the 2 weeks before your period through the first full day of your period. To help you remember, mark your calendar.
If you are using the liquid form of this medication, measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
It is important to continue taking this medication as prescribed even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
You should see some improvement in 1 to 2 weeks. It may take 4 to 5 weeks before you feel the full benefit.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
What if I take too much?
The amount of Ranflutin that can lead to an overdose varies from person to person.
FDA warning: Suic >
- This drug has a black box warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A black box warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous.
- Ranflutin can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. This risk is especially high in children, adolescents, and young adults. The risk is higher during the first few months of treatment with this drug. You’re also at higher risk if you have a personal or family history of bipolar illness or suicidal thoughts or actions. Your doctor and family should watch you closely when you start taking this drug and during dosage changes. They should watch for changes in your behavior or signs of worsening depression.
Q: Will taking Prozac cause me to gain weight and be hungry all the time?
A: Prozac (Ranflutin) can have an affect on weight changes. If you see an abnormal changes in your weight then you should talk to your Health Care Provider. All the drugs in this class can have weight change side effects. Each one may affect each person differently. You should discuss this with your provider before taking.. For more information you can go to //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/prozac Gerald Levy, RPh