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Prozac and Depression

Many people know about Prozac – it is an antidepressant which works as an SSRI. It helps in balancing the chemicals in the brain that causes symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Aside from these mental disorders, Prozac (with the generic name Fluoxetine) is also prescribed for people with bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder defined by binge eating followed by purging) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It can be combined with other medications, namely Zyprexia (generic name Olanzapine) to manage depression brought about by bipolar disorder (this drug combination can also be used to manage depression if at least two medication have not worked on the patient).

Possible effects of Prozac are generally the same as with other SSRI: nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, impotence or decreased libido, weight gain/weight loss, upset stomach, constipation, cold symptoms, drowsiness, and nervousness, among others. Although not very likely, doctors advice patients who experience allergic reactions, such as difficulty breathing and rashes/hives, to get emergency treatment immediately. Taking Prozac with other drugs (NSAIDs, medicines that make you drowsy, other antidepressants and many others) can have negative interactions, and could lead to serious side effects. Avoid drinking alcohol while on Prozac, especially if you will be driving or doing anything that requires you to stay alert.

Despite the hype of Prozac being an effective antidepressant, there have been many allegations of hidden side effects. One such side effect is the phenomenon called “activation” – often manifesting itself as a sudden rush of energy exhibiting as outrageous and violent acts. Inside sources say manufacturers of Prozac, Eli Lilly, has deliberately hid evidence of the side effect “activation” from the FDA in order to have it approved. Despite the many lawsuits filed because of Prozac side effects, Prozac is still being sold in the market: after renewing their patent protection, Prozac changed its name to Sarafem.

Depression can really be devastating to your health and life, because of this many people turn to medications. This is not, however, the only option. Although depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and destructive behaviors, it has been known that taking antidepressants can also cause such emotions. Prescription of antidepressants, especially to children and teenagers, should be monitored closely to avoid cases of suicide or acts of violence. Since the release of Prozac into the market, there have been many instances of suicide and rage acts caused by the “activation” side effect.