Xanax vs. Prozac

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Xanax and Prozac are two very common drugs when we talk of psychiatric medications. The former, Xanax, is popular for the treatment of anxiety; while the latter, Prozac is used widely for depression. Being an anti-anxiety drug and anti-depressant drug, these drugs have different mechanisms of actions, contraindications and side effects.

What We Need To Know About Xanax vs. Prozac

Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug with the generic name Alprazolam. Prozac is a popular SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) under the generic Fluoxetine. Both Xanax and Prozac are popular drugs and these drugs work by establishing a stable amount of neurotransmitters in our brain to lift our moods and relax our mind and body.

Apart from treating depression, Prozac has also been found effective in treating OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks as well as Eating Disorders like Bulimia and Anorexia.

Contraindications in Taking Xanax vs. Prozac

With the exception of Glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes Mellitus and Alcohol/ Drug Abuse which are specific contraindications for Xanax treatment, both Xanax and Prozac share the following precautions before taking the drug:

-          Bipolar disorders, psychotic problems, depression and similar mental illnesses;

-          Kidney and liver disorders;

-          History of suicidal attempts;

-          Seizures and convulsions; and

-          Allergic reaction to the medication.

How to Take Xanax vs. Prozac?

Xanax and Prozac have to be taken in the exact dose prescribed by the physician. These drugs are also recommended at an exact interval to avoid overdose and underdose. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your physician because these can lead to signs and symptoms of drug withdrawal.

Special Precautions When Taking Xanax vs. Prozac

Xanax must not be taken together with these medications:

-          Anti HIV/ AIDS medications;

-          Antifungal drugs like Ketoconazole;

-          Macrolide Antibiotics;

-          Oral birth control pills;

-          Medications for depression, anxiety, psychosis and other mental health issues;

-          Medicines for PTB treatment;

-          Medications for the heart and hypertension;

-          Pain medications; and

-          Anti-seizure drugs.

Prozac is also expected to react when taken with the following drugs:

-          Similar drugs containing the generic;

-          Diet drugs;

-          MAOI drugs to treat depression;

-          Antipsychotic drugs like Thorazine;

-          NSAIDs and other pain medications;

-          Diabetic medications like insulin and OHA;

-          Medications for depression, anxiety, psychosis and other mental health issues;

-          Vinblastine (a drug for chemotherapy);

-          And anticoagulant drugs.

Side Effects of Taking Xanax vs. Prozac

Be mindful of these side effects while under Xanax treatment:

-          Allergy to the drug characterized by swelling, itchiness, chest tightness;

-          Confusion, thought and reaction abnormalities;

-          Insomnia;

-          Frequent mood shifts;

-          Muscle cramps and pains;

-          Body weakness and general feeling of tiredness; and

-          Oliguria (less urine output).

While taking Prozac, also make sure you consult your physician if you notice any of these:

-         Allergy to the drug;

-         Confusion;

-         Fast and irregular heartbeats;

-         Cough and flu-like symptoms;

-         Muscle and joint pains and tenderness;

-         Suicidal thoughts;

-         Seizures;

-         Unusual bleeding;

-         Vomiting; and

-         General body malaise.

These side effects are not complete and there are others which you may experience. Make sure you report them to your doctor for prompt action.

 

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