Prozac is an antidepressant drug commonly prescribed for mental disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, pediatric depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Fluoxetine is the generic version of the drug.
It is included in the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and shares similar side effects with other drugs of this same classification. However, some complications associated with the drug have led users to file lawsuits against the pharmaceutical manufacturer, Eli Lilly. If you suffered serious complications, talk to the attorneys at Gacovino, Lake & Associates about taking legal action.
Possible Side Effects of Prozac
Anytime you are prescribed a drug for medical treatment, it is important to understand the potential risks and side effects associated with the use of that drug. This dangerous drug may cause multiple side effects, some of which can be very serious.
Some of the less menacing side effects of include dry mouth, headaches, drowsiness, restlessness, increased perspiration, weight loss, difficulty sleeping, diarrhea and sexual dysfunction, among others.
In some cases, severe withdrawal symptoms can be associated with Prozac if the drug has been overused or over-prescribed.
Side effects can be intensified by higher doses or overuse, and serotonin syndrome can occur, which involves too much serotonin in the brain. It can result in high blood pressure, increased body temperature and increased heart rate. Serotonin syndrome can be fatal.
While Prozac has been approved for use by youth, it is also linked to increased suicidal tendencies in young people. In 2004, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning that advised young people and their families of the suicide risks of use. In 2007, the FDA increased that warning to a black-box warning, which is the strongest warning issued for a drug.
Pregnancy Warning for Prozac
SSRIs may be a risk to pregnant women and their unborn children. Prozac is no exception to this rule. Women should discuss using Prozac thoroughly with their doctor if they are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to weigh the risks and benefits.
The use of this dangerous drug may be linked to pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). One study published in 2006 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that PPHN may be six times more common in babies born to mothers who took an SSRI after the 20th week of pregnancy, compared to those whose mothers did not take SSRIs. Other studies have had conflicting results, and the FDA announced in 2011 that it is premature to draw any conclusions based on conflicting study results. Parents whose children suffer PPHN may discuss rights to file a lawsuit with our attorneys who can review their case details.
Filing a Dangerous Drug Claim with our Attorneys
If you suffered serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, Eli Lilly, or a negligent physician, depending on the circumstances of your case. Speak with our lawyers to help build your case.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates can review the facts and establish a plan of action. We have helped many individuals just like you recover settlements for medical bills, loss of wages, and/or pain and suffering. Negligent or irresponsible manufacture, packaging, prescription or marketing of drugs can cause undue suffering and expense, and you deserve to be reimbursed for your losses.
We are dedicated to helping victims of negligent pharmaceutical manufacturing or sales practices rebuild their financial and personal lives. Call us today at (800) 550-0000 to set up a free case review with our attorneys.