Prozac

Prozac (fluoxetine) was one of the first SSRI antidepressants to come on the market, but it is ten times more likely to be linked with violence than other similar medications.

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For decades Prozac has been used to treat depression and other mental disorders.  But it has also drawn attention for being a possible factor in many well publicized crimes of violence.  According to a warning issued in 2004 by the drug manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Health Canada: “There are clinical trial and post-marketing reports with SSRIs and other newer anti-depressants, in both pediatrics and adults, of severe agitation-type adverse events coupled with self-harm or harm to others. The agitation-type events include: akathisia, agitation, disinhibition, emotional lability, hostility, aggression, depersonalization. In some cases, the events occurred within several weeks of starting treatment.”  Workplace shootings, school shootings and other violent outbursts have been alleged to result from either the taking of Prozac or the abrupt discontinuation of it.

If you are taking one of these drugs and are concerned about possible side effects, please consult with your doctor about the potential risks. If you, or a family member, have taken prescription drugs and suffered any serious side effects, it is important to find legal representation with a history of standing up to pharmaceutical companies. Contact the attorneys at Pogust Braslow & Millrood.