Prozac is an SSRI antidepressant that may cause serious side effects and birth defects. Drug maker Eli Lilly has faced multiple Prozac lawsuits filed by patients or loved ones of those who took Prozac and experienced serious injury, birth defects or death. Since its introduction, Prozac fluoxetine has been the subject of ongoing investigations from reports of adverse effects associated with its use. Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Prozac has successfully defended a number of lawsuits but has also settled multiple cases after claiming that the drug has an established efficacy and safety profile. Most Prozac lawsuits have been resolved or settled but a few cases may still remain in courts.
Fluoxetine (including Prozac)
Prozac (Fluoxetine) - Side Effects, Interactions, Uses, Dosage, Warnings | Everyday Health
A small number of children, teenagers, and young adults up to 24 years of age who took antidepressants 'mood elevators' such as fluoxetine during clinical studies became suicidal thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so. Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions. However, experts are not sure about how great this risk is and how much it should be considered in deciding whether a child or teenager should take an antidepressant. You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways when you take fluoxetine or other antidepressants even if you are an adult over 24 years of age. You may become suicidal, especially at the beginning of your treatment and any time that your dose is increased or decreased. You, your family, or your caregiver should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: 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; and frenzied abnormal excitement.
Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Aug 13, Applies to fluoxetine : oral capsule, oral capsule delayed release, oral solution, oral syrup, oral tablet.
Prozac Fluoxetine is commonly used as a treatment for various forms of depression and anxiety disorders. Prozac side effects for adults range from drowsiness and weakness to dry mouth and nausea. Children, teens, and young adults can be more prone to suicidal thoughts when taking Prozac. Common Prozac Side Effects The most common side effects of Prozac Fluoxetine may include: Nervousness Drowsiness Nausea Dry mouth Sore throat Weakness Uncontrollable shaking Excessive sweating Serious Prozac Side Effects More serious side effects may include: Swelling of the hands, ankles, and feet Difficulty breathing or swallowing Fever or sweating Confusion Increased heart rate Severe muscle stiffness Hallucinations Seizures Signs of an allergic reaction such as a rash, hives, swelling of the face, throat and tongue were also reported. It is extremely important for anyone taking this drug who is under the age of 25 to be properly supervised by a doctor.