SSRI Litigation

Prozac and Depression

Prozac® is the brand name for fluoxetine, a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).1 Prozac (along with its generic forms) is the third-most often prescribed antidepressant in the U.S.2

Forms of depression

Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness affect a person’s everyday life and health. Five to 8 percent of Americans suffer from depression each year.3 However, depression isn't just one illness - there are various forms of depression based on how severe the condition is and the other disorders associated with it:4

  • Major depression (also known as clinical depression) - debilitating depressive symptoms, may occur once or many times over a person's life
  • Minor depression - a risk factor for major depression but not as severe
  • Dysthymia - long-term minor depression
  • Psychotic depression - depression in the context of a psychosis
  • Postpartum depression - occurs after pregnancy
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - occurs during the winter when sunlight is less common, clears up in the warmer months
  • Bipolar disorder - mood swings between depression and mania

Doctors consider even the most severe cases of depression as treatable, often using prescription antidepressants like Prozac and other medications to control symptoms, as well as therapy.1,5

Dealing with depression

Though Prozac is prescribed to help people function and minimize the symptoms of their depression, the drug has side effects they may have to deal with:1

  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Suicidal thoughts

Prozac was the first SSRI approved for the treatment of depression, and many patients were not warned about the potential side effects. Since 1990, lawsuits have been filed because of unexpected suicidal tendencies and violent behavior among people taking the drug.6

If you have suffered injury from a Prozac prescription for the treatment of depression, a personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine if you have cause for compensation.

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