Prozac Lawsuit

Have you been injured as a result of taking Prozac?

Eli Lilly & Company has experienced thousands of lawsuits being filed regarding their popular SSRI antidepressant prescribed and known as Prozac. Prozac was officially approved by the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) in 1987 to treat depression. Since it’s initial approval, it’s gained approval for the treatment of many medical issues aside from depression. Since the mid-1990’s, countless studies have linked Prozac to health threatening side effects including irrational behavior and suicidal tendencies. As of late, the dangerous SSRI known and sold as Prozac has been linked to causing serious birth defects, and this has recently sparked a lot of lawsuits.

In fact in the 1990’s alone Eli Lilly had paid over $50,000,000 in settlements for over 30 lawsuits related to suicides and murders as a result of taking Prozac. Since the late 90’s there’s been hundreds of other lawsuits filed related to birth defects, and as new unannounced side effects are discovered, the lawsuits will continue to be filed.

What is Prozac and how does it work?

Prozac (fluoxetine) belongs to a class of drugs known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs work by preventing serotonin from traveling into the nerve endings (preventing the release), which usually leads to heightened levels of serotonin made available for the brain. In many cases SSRIs such as Prozac have proven effective, but when you consider the known side effects, and the potential health risks of taking such drugs, alternative and natural treatments seem a whole lot more appealing. Since it was formally approved for treatment of other conditions aside from depression, it has been known to be prescribed for conditions ranging from eating disorders,to PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), panic attacks and even OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Known Side Effects Prozac

This is a list of side effects related to antidepressant medications in general, not just Prozac.

  • Nausea

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Restlessness

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Tremors

  • Sweating

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Constipation

  • Dry mouth

  • Dizziness

  • Weight gain

In addition to the common list of side effects mentioned in this list, the FDA has mandated labeling restrictions to warn users about the more serious dangers such as suicidal tendencies and birth defects. Despite it’s serious labeling restrictions, the FDA has never recalled the SSRI and it is still being widely prescribed around the world this very day.

Do I qualify for a Prozac lawsuit?

Whether or not you qualify for a lawsuit related to to a side effect of taking Prozac largely depends on the side effect you’re experiencing and whether or not it can actually be linked as a direct result of taking the drug. If you’re experiencing nausea or dizziness, a lawsuit probably isn’t right for you. But if you’ve experienced other issues such as heart defects, serious birth defects such as cleft lip or PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn). PPHN is by far the most common among all the recently filed Prozac lawsuits. This condition affects the newborns heart and lungs, where they can’t easily adapt to breathing outside of the womb. PPHN can lead to a wide array of defects such as organ damage and even death. The fact of the matter is that Prozac causes many serious problems that aren’t being revealed at the time of it being prescribed, and in instances like this, you owe it to yourself to seek legal council.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to taking Prozac that was prescribed to you by a medical doctor, you may qualify for compensation, fill out the form on the right of this page or give us a call at (888) 471-8787. We have a legal team experienced in Prozac lawsuit cases. There’s absolutely no fees unless your lawsuit is successful, so give Clear Injury a call today to discuss your case, don’t delay!