Some users of the antidepressant Prozac—the brand name for the drug known generically as fluoxetine—have miscarried, given birth to children who suffer from birth defects, or suffered negative side effects themselves.
If you took Prozac and you believe it caused you to suffer negative side effects, or if you took Prozac during or before your pregnancy and you believe it caused you to miscarry or give birth to a child with health problems, you need a sympathetic advocate who will represent only your interests—and who will make the process of obtaining compensation for your injuries as painless as possible. The Rottenstein Law Group, a Prozac law firm, knows this, and we want you to believe it. We are now accepting Prozac lawsuit claims.
What Is Prozac and What Is It Prescribed For?
Prozac is a brand name for the drug fluoxetine. Made and sold by British pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., this prescription medication is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphroic disorder, and anxiety disorders.
Eli Lilly began developing fluoxetine in the early 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1987 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it as Prozac. Its patent expired in 2001. Despite the discovery of newer SSRIs, Prozac and its generic varieties still command a large share of the antidepressant market, with 22.2 million prescriptions filled in 2007. Fluoxetine comes in two forms: oral tablets with anywhere between 5mg to 90mg of fluoxetine, and in an oral suspension containing 20mg fluoxetine per 5mL. In 2006 doctors filled out 19.7 million Prozac prescriptions.
Prozac is a potent member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants. SSRIs prevent receptors in the human brain from absorbing serotonin that has already been released. Serotonin helps maintain feelings of well-being in people, so preventing its re-absorption alleviates negative feelings. Unlike other drugs, such as buproprion (sold under the brand name Wellbutrin), SSRIs minimally affect noradrenaline and dopamine, which regulate stress levels. SSRIs take several weeks to affect users, and they can cause many side-effects in the process, particularly nausea, somnolence, and sexual side-effects.
Prozac has been linked to birth defects and increased thoughts of suicide. Research also shows that Prozac might cause complications for people with pre-existing heart conditions. Nevertheless, the FDA has never made a Prozac recall announcement, and there has never been a Prozac recall in effect.
Meanwhile, concerns that antidepressants, including Prozac, are less effective than advertised are growing. For example, The New York Times reported that negative studies on their efficacy are often suppressed.
RLG’s Prozac Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered (caused by a defective product manufactured by a blameworthy company) can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The Prozac lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that getting satisfaction from the company that harmed you shouldn’t be just more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a Prozac lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. If you have taken Prozac and experienced adverse side effects, contact RLG today.