HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED AFTER TAKING PROZAC?
Prozac (fluoxetine) is an antidepressant medication prescribed to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company, Prozac was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987. Prozac is one of the top prescribed antidepressant medications in the United States, with millions of Americans taking the antidepressant each year.
As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Prozac works by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the person’s brain, increasing their mood and feeling of happiness. Like all pharmaceutical drugs, there are side effects. Prozac’s minor side effects include:
- Sore throat
- Increased sweating
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sexual dysfunction
- Dry mouth
- Trouble sleeping
- Increased appetite
- Weight loss
- Abnormal dreams
Unfortunately, SSRIs like Prozac also have severe side effects that can cause irreparable injury and even death. When you or a loved one is injured or falls ill due to a dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced dangerous drug attorneys at Thomas J. Henry for a free case evaluation.
IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN PROZAC AND BIRTH DEFECTS?
A study has linked the use of Prozac with potential birth defects in newborn children of women taking the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy. As a SSRI, Prozac has been linked to an increased risk of causing persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN). PPHN is characterized by the failure of a newborn’s blood to circulate correctly through the heart and lungs. This condition is oftentimes fatal.
Newborns whose mother took Prozac during pregnancy may also face conditions including serotonin syndrome and drug discontinuation syndrome. Complications can occur immediately following delivery, and newborns may exhibit respiratory distress, seizures, tremors, irritability, vomiting, and feeding difficulties.
If you were prescribed Prozac while pregnant and your baby suffered from a severe condition following delivery, contact Thomas J. Henry. You may be entitled to financial compensation to help your child live a normal rest of their life.
WHAT CAUSES SEROTONIN SYNDROME?
Another similarity amongst antidepressant drugs like Prozac is the increased risk of developing serotonin syndrome. This condition is caused by an abundance of serotonin in the brain, which can lead to severe and potentially fatal symptoms, including:
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
Serotonin syndrome can be life-threatening if left untreated.
INCREASED RISK OF SUICIDALITY LINKED TO ANTIDEPRESSANTS, PROZAC
Pharmaceutical drug manufacturers are required by the FDA to put a black box warning on all antidepressant medications. This warning entails the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, adolescents, and young adults taking these pharmaceutical drugs. In the Prozac patient medication guide, users are warned of this increase of suicidal thoughts and actions, especially within the first few months of starting treatment as well as after a dosage change.
Patients are urged to contact their healthcare provider if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- New or sudden changes in mood, behavior, or feelings
- Attempts to commit suicide
- Acting aggressive or violent
- New or worse depression
- New or worse anxiety
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG INJURY LAWYER
If you or a loved one have been harmed after taking Prozac, contact Thomas J. Henry. Whether you suffered from symptoms of serotonin syndrome or gave birth to a child with birth defects while taking Prozac, we are here to help you. Our experienced dangerous drug lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your case. You may be entitled to compensation for you or your child’s injuries or illnesses.