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Fluoxetine

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Read time: 26 mins
Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 24 Jul 2020

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Adults:

Major depressive episodes: Fluoxetine is indicated for the treatment of the symptoms of depressive illness, with or without associated anxiety symptoms, especially where sedation is not required.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Bulimia nervosa: Fluoxetine is indicated as a complement of psychotherapy for the reduction of binge-eating and purging activity.

Children and adolescents aged 8 years and above:

Moderate to severe major depressive episode if depression is unresponsive to psychological therapy after 4–6 sessions. Antidepressant medication should be offered to a child or young person with moderate to severe depression only in combination with a concurrent psychological therapy.

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