Definition of Prozac in English:



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  • A synthetic compound which inhibits the uptake of serotonin in the brain and is taken to treat depression.

    Also called fluoxetine
    • ‘By the third year, Americans spent more on Prozac than on all other antidepressants combined.’
    • ‘He was taking the drug Prozac for depression, but otherwise was in perfect health.’
    • ‘As a last resort, prescribed anti-depressants such as Prozac will immediately boost levels of serotonin.’
    • ‘The safety of antidepressants including Prozac and Seroxat is to be investigated after a series of suicides and claims of addiction.’
    • ‘Take Prozac and your emotions are blunted and obsessive thinking is suppressed.’


1980s: an invented name.