The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently imposed a Black Box Label on all anti-depressant drugs (including Prozac), which is the strongest warning label a drug can receive. This warning discusses the increase in suicidal behavior in children and young adults. In addition, these drugs increase the users’ aggression and mania in all who take this drug.
Prozac was the first SSRI antidepressant introduced in America. An SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, controls depression by preventing the brain from reabsorbing serotonin, a chemical which is produced naturally to control mood, sleep and appetite. The so-called “miracle anti-depressant” has a darker side which is being hidden by the pharmaceutical makers from the general public, many times with fatal consequences.
Since the dramatic victory in the Paxil case, drug companies are more willing to settle cases and will face a tougher road when they take cases to court. In this case, a jury awarded $8 million to the plaintiff who went berserk killing his wife, daughter and granddaughter after only taking two days worth of SSRIs. This verdict has paved the way for future cases of Prozac related suicide cases.
Eli Lilly (Prozac manufacturer) has been sued for Prozac related deaths in numerous state and federal courts, most cases being settled or dismissed. Prozac users have shown increases in murder/suicide, domestic violence, mothers (parents) killing children, road rage, school shootings, etc. since these serotonergic drugs have become so popular, which is directly related to the effects of Prozac.
Suicidal rates of Prozac users have been demonstrated to be two to three times higher than any other antidepressant. These manufacturers fail to put warnings on their labels informing the public of these very real, sometimes fatal risks.
Although these drugs were viewed as relatively harmless when they were first produced in the ’80s, it is clear that this is no longer the case. Should the FDA force the discontinuation of these drugs, or do you think the risks outweigh the benefits in some people that use them? Either way, people who already have suicidal tendencies are advised to closely monitor their situation with a physician, and use is discouraged in most cases.