Drug Class and Mechanism of Action of Fludac
Fludac belongs to the category of antidepressants and is used for the treatment of acute and chronic neurotic disorders. Particularly, Fludac is used to treat severe depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and phobic disorders, bulimia nervosa, etc.
Fludac is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, and it suppresses andrenegic, histamine and choline receptors. This drug has a few benefits over most anti-depressants: it does not block the functioning of postsynaptic beta-adrenergic receptors, has less aggressive sedative effects and is less harmful for cardiovascular system.
Therapeutic Uses of Fludac
Fludac is used against a variety of neurotic disorders, both symptomatically and systematically. This medicine is known to improve general mood, alleviate stress, reduce apathy and agitation. Also, Fludac is great for treatment of phobias, and can be helpful in dealing with severe panic attacks. Besides, it is used effectively for treatment of premenstrual dysphonic disorder.
Direction of use of Fludac
Fludac is taken by mouth and is available in pills. It does not work after first take. In order for the effect to become evident, you should use it for at least a few weeks as prescribed. Pills should be taken with food.
Even if you do not seem to have any sensitivity issues, do not take Fludac without your doctor’s advice. You must have your body examined before using Fludac, which is the same as with any other medication. It is absolutely mandatory that you strictly follow the dosage.
If any side effects or health problems emerge, consult your physician immediately. Most likely, you he/she will tell you to stop using the drug until you recover.
Dose of Fludac, if Missed
Most commonly, Fludac is taken 1-2 times each day, one pill per dose. On the average, the effect becomes observable after 4 weeks of use and after 5 weeks if you are treating obsessive compulsive disorder. If your doctor tells you to stop using the drug after about 3 months, the effect will continue for about 9 months.
If you have missed a dose and it is almost time for the next one, do not take the double dose.
How to Store Fludac
Fludac must be stored at 20-25 °C (68-77 °F). Keep the drug safely away from incandescent objects and direct sunlight. Do not expose Fludac to moist environments, so it is not advisable to store it in the bathroom. Keep away from pets and children. Do not use Fludac if the term of use has expired. Do not throw it into the wastebasket or flush it down the toilet. Get in touch with your local waste disposal company or consult a pharmacist.
More Information About Fludac
Fludac is no potent sedative and it does not cause addiction. However, it interacts with other drugs, so keep your healthcare provider informed on the drugs you are using or you have just stopped using.
Fludac interacts with other anti-depressants. Combined use of different anti-depressants may cause excessive CNS inhibition or cause serotonin syndrome. Signs of these conditions include restlessness, confusion, anxiety, hypertensive crisis, tremors, seizures, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Do not combine Fludac with MAO inhibitors and alcohol!
You should be very careful if you have underlying cardiovascular diseases or you have had a heart attack. Make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to fluoxetine or any other of the drug’s components.
If suddenly you feel dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, staggering, seizures it is not unlikely that you have an overdose. There have been several fatal cases of Fludac overdose! Stop using the drug and call your doctor immediately!
Precautions to be Taken While Taking Fludac
Fludac is not recommended for people suffering liver dysfunction and kidney failure.
The drug affects glucose blood level, so people with diabetes must stick to a specific dosage regime.
Fludac must be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. Also, it should not be used if you have glaucoma, prostate adenoma, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urination difficulties, constipation, epilepsy.
Use Fludac with caution if you drive on an everyday basis. Check if any of your family has ever had seizures, allergies, kidney failure, liver dysfunction, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, etc.
Children and elderly people require specific Fludac dosage.
Possible Adverse Effects
Fludac may cause side effects, such as tremors, seizure, drowsiness, poor sleep, anxiety, nervousness, fear. It also affects digestive system, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In some people, it triggers allergic reactions, such as rash, skin reddening, itching, burning pain, etc. It is also known to affect the joints, causing joint pain. There have been reports about Fludac-related libido instability.
If you have any of these side effects, stop using Fludac and consult your physician. Most patients have no problems. The risk of side effects increases due to failure to abide by dosage and irregular use.