The Deadly Effects of Prozac

The Deadly Effects of Prozac

Jul 16

Although it’s widely accepted that antidepressants come with minor side effects such as headache, sleepiness, insomnia, or sexual dysfunction, many fail to recognize that in rare cases, the drug can be fatal.

Otherwise nonviolent individuals—especially teenagers or young adults under 24—may experience waves of unprecedented violence while under the effects of serotonin re-uptake inhibitors such as Prozac.

In 2011, Canadian judge Robert Heinrich found a 16-year-old boy not guilty of murdering his friend by stabbing him once in the chest, entirely unprovoked. He ruled that since the teenager showed no signs of violence now, that the medicine caused his actions. The incident occurred in 2009.

The boy had been taking Prozac for three months, and had allegedly become more impulsive, experiencing wild mood swings that even led him to consider suicide. When the parents notified the high school student’s psychiatrists of his fantasies of violence, they doubled his dosage. The murder occurred just over two weeks later.

The child has never given a reason for his murder. Prozac more commonly been associated with suicidal thoughts rather than murder.

In 2009, a marine on Prozac committed suicide. He had allegedly been drinking regularly with his prescription, which may have contributed to his suicide. The soldier, Charles Edward Dane, punched a police officer during his DUI arrest and was consequently incarcerated for two weeks.

During his time in jail, was cut off from his prescription. When he returned, he was prescribed double the dosage. He shot himself two days later. Dane’s family believes he coped with trauma from being deployed in Iraq with alcoholism which contributed to his suicide, although he was never diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If you or a loved one have been experiencing suicidal thoughts or violent tendencies while on Prozac, it’s recommended to share these thoughts with the psychiatrist who prescribed the medication.

In addition to potentially wreaking havoc on a person’s neural chemistry, Prozac has been unexpectedly linked to certain birth defects.