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Many medical and scientific researchers believe that low serotonin levels might influence whether a person suffers from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, exceessive anger, panic or anxiety. Once ingested, Prozac enhances how serotonin is absorbed by the brain. Since serotonin is a neurotransmitter, brain cells then send messages to each other better. A better and more stable disposition usually results. Researchers don’t know exactly how Prozac does that. It doesn’t always work that way though. It has the opposite effect on other people. Researchers don’t really know exactly how Prozac does that either.
Akathisia is a certain anxiety disorder compelling people to move. Extreme agitation is directly linked to akathisia. Prozac has been known to cause this kind of extreme agitation. Prozac’s side effect of causing highly elevated irratibility have been well documented. Not only do people become a danger to themselves, but they also become a danger to others. Since its introduction to the market, many lawsuits have been filed alleging a connection to violent crime and Prozac. Lawsuits alleged that Prozac’s manufacturer was grossly negligent in failing to warn doctors and users about the drug’s dangers. Millions of dollars in settements were reportedly paid in connection with violent attacks and murders linked to Prozac. Before using Prozac, the perpetrators were alleged to have been free from suicidal or violent tendencies.
When first introduced into the market, Prozac was the only antidepressant certified by the FDA to be safe for children. More recent studies appear to show that children taking the medication are 50 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts and actual attempts at suicide. An increased likelihood of suicidal thoughts was also found in patients from the 18-24 age range. Some researchers believe there might be some correlation between Prozac and hormonal changes experienced by children and young adults.
Recent studies have also indicated that there’s a direct independent correlation between Prozac and thickening of arteries. This can also be attributable to serotonin. Although serotonin helps our brain cells communicate with each other, it also serves other functions outside of the brain. Most of the body’s serotonin is actually found in the intestines. It’s known to be stored in platelets. Platelets promote blood clotting. Platelets can also either shrink or relax blood vessels. Shrinking or constricting of blood vessels and arteries is directly related to heart attack and stroke.
For treatment of depression during pregnancy, Prozac is also widely prescribed. Prozac’s family of SSRI drugs has been known to harm pregnant laboratory animals. Ethical considerations prevent testing of the drug on human infants though. On that basis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains that any alleged effects on babies from Prozac remain unverified.
Notwithstanding the position of the FDA, researchers have raised very serious questions about women taking SSRIs during pregnancy. Linked to taking SSRIs during pregnancy, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) affects the newborn’s heart and lungs. Because of this, the baby has difficulty breathing once outside of the womb. Babies born with PPHN require breathing assistance from a ventilator so that their oxygen level increases. Serious cases of PPHN can cause multile organ damage, brain damage and death.
Prozac’s manufacturer has admitted that the medication can cause a risk of damage to a baby’s heart while in the womb. Holes in the walls of the heart between the right and left chambers, otherwise known as ventricular septal defects, will restrict blood circulation. How these septal defects might be caused remains unknown. Assuming there is a link between Prozac and septal defects, they are believed to be caused when the drug is taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. Septal ventricular defects are twice as likely to occur in babies if their mothers used Prozac during pregnancy. In its statement issued in January of 2011, Eli Lilly stated that “use of Prozac during pregnancy should be considered only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus taking into account the risks associated with untreated depression.”
Prozac has also been linked to anencephaly, an appalling birth defect manifested by absence of a significant part of the baby’s brain and skull. The condition usually causes death within a few days of being born. There is a very high likelihood that a baby born with this condition will never reach consciousness in their very short lifetime. The condition is usually diagnosed very early in pregnancy.
Cleft palate is another physical birth defect that has also been connected to use of Prozac. It occurs when the baby’s upper lip fails to develop properly. All babies in utero begin with a cleft lip and palate. Ordinarily the lip and palate fuse very early in pregnancy. Clefts occur when the tissue fails to fuse properly. Babies with a cleft lip experience feeding problems immediately after birth. Nearly all cleft lips can be treated with surgery, and long term prognosis is almost always very good.
Researchers have uncovered a continual pattern of SSRIs passing through the placenta and adversely affecting the growth and development of the fetus. If you believe you might have a basis for a lawsuit based on your use of Prozac, you may wish to seek appopriate compensation. If you weren’t aware of these possible adverse affects when you were taking Prozac, help may still be available. It doesn’t cost anything to make an inquiry.