What side effects can this medication cause?

Fluoxetine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • nervousness
  • anxiety
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • heartburn
  • yawning
  • weakness
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • changes in sex drive or ability
  • excessive sweating
  • headache, confusion, weakness, difficulty concentrating, or memory problems

 

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING or SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately:

  • rash
  • hives or blisters
  • itching
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • agitation, fever, sweating, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeat, shivering, severe muscle stiffness or twitching, hallucinations, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness or fainting
  • seizures
  • abnormal bleeding or bruising

Fluoxetine may decrease appetite and cause weight loss in children. Your child’s doctor will watch his or her growth carefully. Talk to your child’s doctor if you have concerns about your child’s growth or weight while he or she is taking this medication. Talk to your child’s doctor about the risks of giving fluoxetine to your child.

 

Symptoms of overdose may include the following:

  • unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • unresponsiveness
  • nervousness
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • dizziness
  • rapid, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist (hallucinating)
  • fever
  • fainting
  • coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time)

 

Fluoxetine may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.