What is Prozac?

Exploring The Pros And Cons of Prozac

Depression is one of the leading mental illnesses in the US. Because of this, a lot of pharmaceutical companies have created antidepressants to meet the demands of their consumers. Despite the countless negative side effects and countless placebos and alternative or holistic treatments for depression, Prozac remains one of the most prescribed SSRI antidepressant medications in the United States. In fact, one of the most widely used prescription drugs in the entire world is Prozac.

What Is Prozac?

Prozac was the first antidepressant drug that had been used for the ongoing treatment of mental disorders like premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pediatric depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bulimia nervosa. It was discovered by Bryan Molloy and Klaus Shmeigel while they were still working at Elli Lily, a well-known pharmaceutical company. This medicine had received its approval from the FDA in December 1987. Since then, a lot of drug manufacturers have started to create antidepressants to help people who are depressed.

Side Effects of Prozac

But as the years went by, the FDA has found out that this medication can cause numerous side effects. One of the side effects of Prozac is drug dependency. Though it is not a drug like cocaine, a person who uses this medication will begin to suffer once they have stopped using it. They will experience nausea, sexual dysfunction, headache, dry mouth, nervousness, diarrhea, drowsiness, agitation, restlessness, weight gain, increased sweating and insomnia. It can even cause death if a person takes too much Prozac in his system.

Another side effect of this drug is suicidal tendencies. Though it is one of the few antidepressants which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it has also paved the way for people to get suicidal thoughts and behaviors. According to the administration, people who are taking this medication begin to think by ending their lives. They just need to overdose themselves with Prozac and soon after; you will notice that they have stopped breathing. The FDA has finally made the decision to force manufacturers to include a black box warning, telling that this drug can cause suicidal tendencies if it’s taken too much.

But the worst side effect that you will get from this treatment is getting problems to your unborn child. A study has shown that Prozac can cause physical and mental disorders to your child if you took the pill while you were pregnant. Your baby will get respiratory and quadriplegic problems as well as mental disorders. It is advisable not to take this pill while you are pregnant, especially if the fetus is starting to develop its body organs.

Have you experienced birth defects or other medical complications as a result of taking Prozac?

If you have already taken Prozac and experienced birth defects such as cleft lip or respiratory distress syndrome, you may qualify for compensation for pain and suffering as well as any medical treatments required to maintain stable health. One thing is for sure,  you need to consult with a legal professional ASAP, and the sooner you do is the better your chances are of a positive outcome. If you or your child has been injured by Prozac or any other SSRI antidepressant medication, please give us a call at (888) 260-9494 or fill out the form on this page and we’ll give you a call back ASAP. Just know this: We don’t charge any upfront fees, and we won’t take your case if we don’t feel we can’t prevail. Let us help you tip the scales of justice in your favor and get the compensation you desperately need and deserve.