Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Released in 1988, it was the first SSRI to hit the U.S. market. Prozac brought in $350 million for its maker Eli Lilly & Co., in 1989, and by 1990, 650,000 prescriptions for the drug were written or renewed every month. Prozac is still popular today, despite the fact that dangerous and deadly side effects began surfacing shortly after the drug hit the market.

Prozac Dangers

Prozac side effects can include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Completed suicide
  • Violence against others
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Birth defects

Prozac Uses

Although Prozac is primarily thought of as an antidepressant, it is prescribed for many conditions, some of which are off-label. Conditions that Prozac is prescribed to treat include:

  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bulimia
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Chronic headaches
  • Arthritis

Prozac Birth Defects

SSRI’s, including Prozac, have been linked to serious and sometimes fatal birth defects, as well as other injuries to the babies of women who take them during pregnancy. These include:

  • Brain and spinal cord defects
  • Heart abnormalities
  • Abdominal defects
  • Limb defects
  • Oral clefts
  • Anal atresia
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Clubbed foot
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN)
  • Miscarriage

Prozac Suicide

Suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, and completed suicides have been an ongoing problem with Prozac. Some claim that there have been about 2,500 reports of wrongful death linked to Prozac use.

People who take Prozac, and the people they live with, are warned to be on the lookout for warning signs including:

  • New or worsening depression
  • Thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so
  • Extreme worry
  • Agitation
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Irritability
  • Acting without thinking
  • Severe restlessness
  • Frenzied abnormal excitement

If you have been harmed by Prozac, if your child has been harmed, or if you have lost a loved one to this dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Please find a Prozac injury attorney in your area and schedule a consultation to learn more about your case.