Fluoxetine (also referred to as fluoxetine hydrochloride) is used primarily for the treatment of cataplexy.
Fluoxetine is widely used as an anti-depressant. It is best known by the trade name Prozac, but is now a "generic" drug that is produced by numerous manufacturers. Fluoxetine is not licensed for the treatment of narcolepsy, but is nonetheless commonly prescribed for the treatment of cataplexy by sleep specialists (so-called "off-label prescribing").
Fluoxetine is produced in several different forms, but for the treatment of narcolepsy it is usually administered as a tablet or capsule. Tablets or capsules of fluoxetine come in several different strengths, from 10mg up to 60mg. The total daily dose is usually less than 60mg, and for the treatment of cataplexy is usually taken as a single tablet early in the day.
SIDE-EFFECTS - As with any medication, the drugs used to treat narcolepsy can have side-effects. These can take many forms. They may be relatively minor, such as mild headaches or a dry mouth, or much more serious, such as anxiety or depression. You should check the Patient Information Leaflet in the packaging of your medication for more details and if you experience any of these side-effects you should consult your doctor.