Prozac, a SSRI antidepressant, was released in 1988 and is currently taken by millions of people throughout the world. Since 1988, over 200 lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. Most of these lawsuits center around suicide or homicide attempts made by patients within the first few days or weeks of Prozac therapy initiation.
Lawyers representing people that claim to have been negatively affected by Prozac contend that Eli Lilly has known since 1978 that Prozac could cause severe agitation leading to suicidal and/or homicidal tendencies. Some doctors indicate that approximately 1 in 1000 people taking SSRIs develop severe agitation that can lead to violent behavior.
While 1000 may seem like a small number, consider the number of people taking just one of these medications; approximately 38 million in over 100 countries take Prozac. That equates to 38,000 very agitated and possibly dangerous people out there because of an adverse reaction to taking Prozac.
Just as a low amount of serotonin can have negative consequences, too much of the chemical can result in serotonin syndrome, a potentially deadly condition. Serotonin syndrome can occur when a person takes too many serotonin enhancing drugs. There have also been reports that Prozac may cause aggressive and violent behavior, although few, if any of those reports have been validated.
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