Is fluoxetine the same as Xanax?

No, fluoxetine and Xanax are not the same medication and belong to different classes of drugs.

Fluoxetine (brand name Prozac) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) commonly used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, in the brain.

Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine medication that is primarily used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It works by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

While both medications can be used to treat anxiety, they have different mechanisms of action and potential side effects. It’s important to work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the best medication and treatment plan for your individual needs.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

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