SSRI Litigation

Prozac for Anxiety

The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine is prescribed under the brand name Prozac®. Though technically referred to as an antidepressant, Prozac is also used to treat anxiety and anxiety-related conditions.1

Generalized anxiety disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder suffer from persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. This causes physical symptoms:

  • Muscle tension
  • Irritability and edginess
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Stomach discomfort and diarrhea

The symptoms of anxiety and worry interrupt the person’s ability to function in daily activities and work. Treatment with Prozac and other medications or therapy aims to help the person cope with the anxiety symptoms.2

Social phobia or anxiety

Social anxiety, a persistent worry or fear about social situations, is also known as social phobia.

Physical symptoms of social anxiety appear in the presence of other people:

  • Blushing
  • Difficulty talking
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

Treatment for social phobia aims to help the person function and cope with the anxiety symptoms caused by social situations. Medications include antidepressants like Prozac.3

Panic attack disorder

When anxiety comes on suddenly and causes physical symptoms, it is a panic attack. Symptoms of a panic attack are an intense feeling of being stressed:

  • Racing heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Paralyzing terror
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Chest pains
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Tingling
  • Fear

Panic attack treatments can consist of antidepressants like Prozac, as well as therapy and support.4

Coping with anxiety

Regardless of the type of anxiety, treatment aims to help the person function in everyday life. But the antidepressants used to treat the disorder do have side effects. If prescribed Prozac, a person can expect dry mouth, changes in their sex drive, sleep problems, changes in appetite or weight, and other unpleasant effects.1 Some people end up with more severe side effects and have even sued the maker of Prozac for failing to warn them of the potential risks.5

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

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