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18 Jul 2005

Fluoxetine
Hello there CS. Is fluoxetine another name for Prozac? It looks like it on the site I went onto now and they say that Prozac makes one committ suicide and murder. Ive just started taking fluoxetine and now im a bit nervy.
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CyberShrink
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01 Jan 0001

Hi JSS,
Yes. Fluoxetine is the proper, chemical name ( like the surname ! ) of the drug used to treat Depression. It was first sold by a company called Lilly, who sold it at high price and called it Prozac ( like its nickname, it's sales name ). Since they lost the exclusive rights to be the only company selling it, it is now available cheaper, through other companies and under other trade names.
And it is an effective antidepressant, and there is no good evidence that it EVER made anyone commit suicide or morder. Obviously, because it is used in severely depressed people, who are of everyone around, the most likely to commit suicide, there will be some people taking fluoxetine or Prozac who will commit suicide --- but not BECAUSE they are taking the drug. FAR more depressed people who DON'T take such medicines, will kill themselves. It's exactly the same with heart disease --- many people who have heart attacks, are taking various heart medicines. But the medicine is because they have heart disease, and so is the heart attack --- the medicine doesn't cause the attack.
SOme mild nausea is fairly common with this family of drugs, and as with most side-effects, it's most noticeable in the first couple of weeks. And some people, less than with nausea, feel a bit stimulated, and hence a more rapid heart rate, and some insomnia ( usually not much is one takes the fluoxetine in the morning and not later in the day).
JSS, remember when side-effects are listed, they are POSSIBLE, not compulsory.
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