Prozac is well-known antidepressant drug. It belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac is a drug manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company. However, there are also several additional manufacturers that create generic Prozac (Fluoxetine). Prozac and its generic counterpart have been used to treat chemicals in the brain that could potentially become unbalanced and cause side effects including depression, anxiety or a sense of panic, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Fluoxetine is used to treat major depression, panic disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and also premenstrual dysphonic disorder (PMDD).
As of January 2014, the FDA has not recalled Prozac. However, the agency has released a series of warnings against using the drug because it has been linked to serious Prozac birth defects and serious Prozac side effects. In 2007, a black-box warning was issued by the FDA to update the warning information on the packaging of the drug to warn of the increased risks of suicide and suicidal thoughts. This increased risk is stated to occur in the first few months of treatment.
You may be entitled to recover monetary compensation for the damages your child has suffered as a result of taking Prozac. The type of damages you will be awarded in a lawsuit will be determined by the fact finder, which is usually a jury if your case proceeds to trial. In some cases, the drug manufacturer will choose to settle a lawsuit rather than publicly defend a claim.
You should contact one of the Prozac attorneys listed on the panel above to learn more about your legal options. Prozac attorneys offer free consultations and can discuss with you the best legal strategies available. There are Statue of Limitations deadlines, therefore you should consult with an attorney immediately or you could lose your right to sue.
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