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Why is there so much negative commonts on prozac (fluoxetine)? Did those people really commit suicide when stopping it?

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Dr. Paul Schwartz
Psychiatry
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In brief: Hype

Prozac (fluoxetine) was widely heralded as a wonder antidepressant drug with few if any side effects when it was first introduced.
Then came a few reports of suicidal or homicidal behavior in people on prozac (fluoxetine). People like to blame their pathological behaviors on the drugs they take. All antidepressants have a slight risk for inducing suicidal ideation, hostility, or mania. Prozac (fluoxetine) is no worse than any others.

In brief: Hype

Prozac (fluoxetine) was widely heralded as a wonder antidepressant drug with few if any side effects when it was first introduced.
Then came a few reports of suicidal or homicidal behavior in people on prozac (fluoxetine). People like to blame their pathological behaviors on the drugs they take. All antidepressants have a slight risk for inducing suicidal ideation, hostility, or mania. Prozac (fluoxetine) is no worse than any others.
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