Posts tagged ‘fluoxetine’

August 8, 2010

study: shrimp on prozac makes them ‘suicidal’

well, kind of. But they do become a bit reckless. There’s a story on NPR’s All Things Considered today about research that’s being done in University of Portsmouth in England about how meds like Prozac (fluoxetine) are ending up in our water supply, and that drugs like Prozac bumps up a shrimp’s serotonin levels. Then, the crustacean becomes much more likely to abandon shadowy, safe waters and swim toward the light, where it makes a tempting target for predators.

Here’s the story. It’s really interesting.

The researcher, Alex Ford, tested different concentrations of the drug on tanks of shrimp, and found that shrimp exposed to the fluoxetine were five times more likely to swim into the light.

I’m thinking that instead of taking Prozac everyday, perhaps I can just start eating tons of shrimp…..

May 11, 2010

candy dish

I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions. One container of the pills I picked up was fluexetine, AKA prozac. I just find their color to be pretty enough to take a picture of them. They really kind of remind me of some sort of candy.

September 9, 2009

Time for a cocktail…


Well, of some sort. Don't they look like candy? I think these may be the prettiest pills I've had to take. They're fluoxetine 20mg, more affectionately known as Prozac. I'm so fascinated by this light blue/turquoise color that I had to take a picture.

August 13, 2009

on prozac

Right after each maintenance treatment, I’ve felt an immediate boost of joy, except for this time around for some reason. Instead, the day was filled with nausea and dullness (perhaps from the lortab). And as this week dragged on, I’ve felt incredibly tired, and neither sleep nor sitting on the couch felt relaxing. Taking a shower or putting on some make-up became such a chore. I couldn’t think. I hate to say it, but it felt like depression.

So, when I saw Dr. A, my psychiatrist/therapist, for the first time in three weeks, I found myself having to tell her how horrible I felt rather than how much benefit I was getting from the ECT. After looking at my current drug list, she prescribed me fluoxetine – more affectionately known as Prozac.

Though I have been on 20+ medications over the last seven years, the one drug that I had never encountered in my treatment, until now, was Prozac. It’s pretty interesting since this SSRI has been around in the US since 1987 and 22.2 million generic prescriptions were filled in 2007, making it the third-most prescribed antidepressant. I also find it a bit odd that I can say I tried ECT before I tried Prozac. (Although there is a reason for it. For those with bipolar disorder, there’s a potential of causing mania, which will be hard to reverse because the half-life of fluoxetine is so long.)

So, I’m on Prozac. In addition to writing that Rx, Dr. A did suggest that a more consistent exercise schedule might help out. It’s something I know does ease depression symptoms but have been a bit lax about getting enough. So, I’ll try Prozac, get back on that elliptical, and hope for the better. I refuse to feel bad for no reason.

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