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Behavioral Side Effects of Children on Prozac

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Depression isnt restricted to any particular age group, race or gender. Even among small children the problem can be persistent and will interfere with normal or regular behavior and activities. Children who suffer from depression have been treated with counseling, medication and behavior modification. As in an adult, the depression is a major episode when it interferes with the childs normal activities.

Problems with depression in children and teens can often be linked to heredity and more often affects children whose family has a history of depression. Prozac is prescribed for the treatment of depression and has been used in adults and children. It has also been used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder.

Prozac belongs to a class of drugs called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors or SSRIs. Serotonin is a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter that governs mood. Ordinarily it is quickly taken up and reabsorbed after release. The class of drugs of SSRIs slows the re-uptake process and leaves more Serotonin available in the brain.

Behavioral side effects of children on prozac can be varied. In fact there are serious warnings for both the medical professional and parents that prozac has been linked with suicide thinking and behavior in children and adolescents. Behavioral side effects of children on prozac also include other more benign side effects such as abnormal dreams and vision, increased anxiety, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, flu-like symptoms, gas, insomnia, itching, loss of appetite, nervousness, rash, sore throat, tremors, upset stomach, weakness and yawning.

There have been other more serious reactions with Prozac when it is used in combination with other antidepressant medications such as MAO inhibitors and when Prozac is discontinued and an MAO inhibitor is started. Once you have discontinued taking Prozac you must wait at least 5 weeks before starting an MAO inhibitor.

To help decrease the side effects from the medication and decrease the behavioral side effects of children on prozac you must take the medication exactly as it is prescribed. Usually Prozac is taken once or twice a day and it should be taken regularly. It can take up to four weeks before you feel any relief from the depression but the effects can last up to 9 months after a 3 month treatment regimen.

Although behavioral side effects of children on prozac can be different than those of an adult there are sensitivities that can be similar. If your child has ever taken one of the SSRIs an had an allergic reaction you shouldnt try Prozac. Never take Prozac while taking an MAO inhibitor or thioridazine (Mellaril).

In clinical studies the behavioral side effects of children on prozac were an increased risk of suicide thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of Prozac in children or adolescents must balance the risk against the current clinical need. Currently Prozac is FDA approved for major depression in children 8 and older or obsessive-compulsive disorder in children 7 and older.

Behavioral side effects of children on prozac can also include a progression of the behaviors associated with major depression that appear suddenly such as agitation, anxiety, hostility, panic, extreme hyperactivity, restlessness or thoughts of suicide. These sudden behavioral side effects of children on prozac can happen at the beginning or end of treatment or when the dose is changed.

Behavioral side effects of children on prozac can also occur when it is abruptly withdrawn. As with any of the other SSRIs Prozac should be slowly tapered when you discontinue it.

Prozac and other SSRI antidepressants are an option for the treatment of depression in children. However, parent and doctors must weigh the risks vs. the benefits of the use of SSRIs for depression when the risks include a known risk of suicide.

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