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A 27-year-old female asked:

I weigh 96 lbs doc wants me on 10 mg of prozac (fluoxetine) daily . is prozac (fluoxetine) safe? i read it makes people suicidal and even fatal ? i have postpartum depression .

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Dr. Kyon Hood
Pediatrics 20 years experience
All medications: have potential side effects, but the side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine) you mention are very rare. If you doctor advised you to take this medication it must be because he/she believes the benefits of treating your depression certainly outweigh the potential side effects from the medication. In general, SSRIs (the class Prozac (fluoxetine) is in) are some of the safest antidepressant medications. Good luck & feel better
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
PPD more likely to: This med is safe & effective when properly used & monitored. It has been in use for more than 2 decades and is well respected within the treatment community. Untreated PPD is truly a challenging and risky condition. You are at risk without treatment. This is a beginners dose & your weight is not a problem.

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