Like many other antidepressant drugs on the market, Prozac®is used in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders but sometimes carries serious risks. In 2002, a study published in New Scientist magazine suggested that Prozac, also known as fluoxetine, was shown to promote cancerous cell growth in cancer patients.1 In 2009, Prozac and some other antidepressants were found to interfere with breast cancer treatments like tamoxifen and potentially put patients at risk for recurrence.2
Prozac and breast cancer treatment
Women who have had a mastectomy and other cancer patients are sometimes prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of depression. However, researchers have found that a few SSRIs, including Prozac3, may reduce the effectiveness of breast cancer treatments4 and increase the risk for some cancers to recur.
Some cancer patients who take Prozac could experience:
- Reduced treatment effectiveness
- Drug side effects
Before taking Prozac or other SSRIs, women with a history of breast cancer are advised to talk to their physician.
Colorectal cancer and fluoxetine
Researchers have also found that SSRIs might actually reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.6 Studies have shown that fluoxetine may suppress the growth of cancer cells in the colon, but further research is needed.
If you believe you have been injured as a result of serious side effects from Prozac or an adverse reaction to the antidepressant, you should consult an experienced attorney. He or she can discuss your case, help you understand your rights and determine whether you are able to file a claim for possible legal compensation.