chemical compound

Fluoxetine hydrochloride is an antidepressant medication. It is used as a drug against various illnesses, like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Panic disorder, and other illnesses. Fluoxetine is a one of a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is commonly known as Prozac.

Fluoxetine capsules.

There are newer drugs available to treat these conditions. Nevertheless, it remains very popular. Over 23.1 million prescriptions for fluoxetine were filled in the United States in 2006. This makes it the third most prescribed antidepressant.[1]


  1. After sertraline and escitalopram, see: Top 200 Generic Drugs by Units in 2006PDF (19.4 KiB). Drug Topics (March 5, 2007). Retrieved on April 14, 2007.