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By DIANE OKLOTA WOOD | November 27, 1991
There is no problem with Prozac. That's the official word fromthe Food and Drug Administration, after recent hearings examined claims that Prozac's behavioral side effects might include suicide and violent behavior. But what about the attitudinal effects of this profitable and popular drug. Is Prozac changing how we feel about feelings?What if Hamlet had had Prozac?In Shakespeare's play the young prince returns to Denmark for ** his father's funeral. He is sad and upset. In a very short time his mother has remarried her dead husband's brother.
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By Meagan O'Neill | January 19, 2012
This week's episode seemed extra dark, with a storm rolling in, sinister music and dark lighting that reminded me of my high school days buying things at Abercrombie & Fitch only to arrive home and discover that the blue shirt I bought was actually green. The story moved slowly, and even the parts that should have been exciting were not (this is probably the only engagement in TV history that does not make tween viewers want to get married). The two main story lines tonight, Charlotte and the engagement, were both depressing.
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By King Features Syndicate | May 3, 1998
Q. My dog seems depressed to me. Instead of being energetic and playful as usual, he lies in his doghouse and looks bored. When we go on a walk he doesn't seem interested in exploring as he used to. I myself take Prozac, and it has made a world of difference. Could I give some to my dog to see if it will help?A. Please check with your vet. A pet that changes behavior might have a health problem that should be addressed. Depression in dogs requires professional diagnosis by an expert in animal behavior.
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By Joe and Teresa Graedon | June 15, 2009
Question: : My 17-year-old son is feeling depressed. He is sad and tired and would sleep all day long if we allowed it. The doctor prescribed Prozac, but after the second day of taking it, my son said he had thoughts of suicide. I immediately stopped giving it to him. I would like to know more about the alternatives for treating depression. It is very hard for him to focus, so he didn't do well in school. The only thing that seems to interest him is composing songs and playing his guitar.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 2001
Q. I am a 57-year-old woman who has had a lifetime fight with depression. I function quite well, but life can be difficult. Approximately eight years ago I began using Prozac. It was like a miracle. Within six weeks the depression was gone. For the past few years, however, the drug has been less effective. The depression isn't nearly as bad as before, but it's mild to moderate. My doctor prescribed Wellbutrin, but a month after discontinuing Prozac I was in a black depression and was desperate.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 21, 2004
Prozac and similar mood-altering drugs do not seem to cause more suicides than older, less controversial antidepressants, say doctors at Boston University. Based on nearly 160,000 doctors' records from Britain in the 1990s, the researchers found that Prozac and Paxil - both from a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - caused no more suicidal tendencies than two antidepressants from a class known as tricyclics. The study also found no difference in suicidal behavior between adults and teenagers - another controversial issue concerning antidepressants.
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,sun staff | October 27, 1996
"The Power to Harm," by John Cornwell. Viking. 306 pages. $24.95.Seizing on some of the most disturbing and unexplored issues in modern society, author John Cornwell and his new non fiction book "The Power to Harm" command attention.From the outset, this investigative reporter and researcher promises to examine workplace stress, modern neuroscience, the making of the billion-dollar antidepressant Prozac, and the life of a blue-collar worker who went on a shooting spree in Kentucky. Cornwell also details the trial that decides who was to blame for the massacre: the man, his upbringing and job, or the drug he was taking to battle mental illness.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,Special to The Sun | May 9, 1995
Q: My wife had an episode of depression six months ago. She began to respond to treatment with nortriptyline in about three weeks and seemed completely better after three months. She became depressed again a month ago and this time has been treated with Prozac, because she had some unpleasant side effects with the nortriptyline. Although she is tolerating the Prozac well, there doesn't seem to be any improvement in her depression. Isn't it time to switch to another medication or at least to raise the dose of Prozac?
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun | August 29, 1999
Q. Please help! I have been taking Prozac for three years, and the quality of my life has improved remarkably. Everything from my job to my home life has become so much richer. I've even gone back to school!The only problem is that my libido has been clobbered. What was once a fulfilling and exciting sexual relationship with my husband is now basically nonexistent.The thought of going off Prozac terrifies me. Would any other antidepressant have the same positive effects as Prozac without this one awful side effect?
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By Jan Freeman and Jan Freeman,The Boston Globe | February 6, 1994
Let's see now, where were we before Lorena, Tonya and the earthquake struck? Oh, right -- Prozac and the end of Western Civilization as We Know It. And the story's as current as ever, with Peter Kramer's best seller about the user-friendly anti-depressant due soon in paperback, Eli Lilly still piling up profits and a gaggle of me-too mood enhancers leapfrogging across the synaptic gaps of the R&D process.Newsweek's cover package (Feb. 7) takes the typical bipolar newsweekly approach -- one moment glibly giddy at the prospect of "made-to-order, off-the-shelf personalities," next moment soberly warning that "a society that uses drugs to induce conformity does so at its peril."
NEWS
June 16, 2006
Eating disorders Prozac fails to help anorexia patients The depression drug Prozac failed to help patients with anorexia nervosa maintain their weight in the largest drug study ever conducted for the condition. The results could alter treatment for anorexia, an eating disorder marked by severe weight loss and a distorted body image affecting as many as 2 percent of U.S. females. Doctors often prescribe antidepressants to prevent a relapse after patients regain some weight, but the new findings question the practice.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | January 30, 2005
My grandson has behavior problems and has been on Prozac since age 4. Because he is still disruptive in class, the doctor recently added Adderall. His concentration is somewhat improved, but he is still disruptive. Is the combination of Prozac and Adderall safe for a 7-year-old? The Food and Drug Administration has recently asked makers of serotonin-type antidepressants like Prozac to add new warnings. The agency cautions prescribers that some children may experience anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, irritability, hostility, impulsivity and restlessness.
BUSINESS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 1, 2005
An article in a medical journal today suggested that drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. had long concealed evidence that its well-known antidepressant, Prozac, could cause violent and suicidal behavior. The accusations were made in the Jan. 1 issue of The British Medical Journal, which said it had turned over documents related to the allegations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA was reviewing the papers, which had been missing for more than 10 years, according to the Journal article, which said they were originally gathered during a lawsuit against Eli Lilly & Co. on behalf of victims of a gunman in Kentucky who reportedly had been taking Prozac for a month before going on a rampage.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 21, 2004
Prozac and similar mood-altering drugs do not seem to cause more suicides than older, less controversial antidepressants, say doctors at Boston University. Based on nearly 160,000 doctors' records from Britain in the 1990s, the researchers found that Prozac and Paxil - both from a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - caused no more suicidal tendencies than two antidepressants from a class known as tricyclics. The study also found no difference in suicidal behavior between adults and teenagers - another controversial issue concerning antidepressants.
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By Julie Bell and Julie Bell,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2004
The Food and Drug Administration told doctors yesterday to carefully monitor patients on 10 popular anti-depressants for suicidal thoughts and asked manufacturers to add the warning to drug labels. The FDA's public health advisory stopped short of saying the drugs can actually increase depression or lead to suicidal thoughts. But it advised doctors to monitor both adults and children for those symptoms, as well as possible side effects - including hostility, anxiety and severe restlessness - that could be precursors to suicide.
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By Nancy Taylor Robson and Nancy Taylor Robson,Special to the Sun | August 4, 2002
This summer, I'm doing garden restoration, and, frankly, I don't like it. The problem is: I've been doing the heavy-lifting part for years without ever getting to the creative refining, like a journey whose destination is always just out of reach. I want thriving vegetables, but I also want well-ordered beauty -- a border of electric blue lobelia in the half-moon flowerbed at the south entry, toad lily (Tricyrtis) by the bench, and something tall, fragrant and apricot-colored added to the fall blues and lavenders of the flower-and-herb bed. But I'm still stuck on the prep.
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By Cal Thomas | August 25, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Recent press stories tell of a growing number of children who suffer from depression and how parents and the pharmaceutical industry prescribe drugs as the solution. One story in the New York Times told of a 15-year-old girl who has been taking Prozac for depression since she was 5.Prozac sales fell 5 percent last year as the adult market for prescription drugs has become saturated. Drug companies are looking for new customers, and they are eyeing children. Some want the Food and Drug Administration to clear the way so they can market their antidepressants and other mood-altering drugs to kids.
BUSINESS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 1, 2005
An article in a medical journal today suggested that drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. had long concealed evidence that its well-known antidepressant, Prozac, could cause violent and suicidal behavior. The accusations were made in the Jan. 1 issue of The British Medical Journal, which said it had turned over documents related to the allegations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA was reviewing the papers, which had been missing for more than 10 years, according to the Journal article, which said they were originally gathered during a lawsuit against Eli Lilly & Co. on behalf of victims of a gunman in Kentucky who reportedly had been taking Prozac for a month before going on a rampage.
NEWS
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | August 4, 2002
Q. Friends have called in a panic about treating lice. Their 6-year-old daughter brought them home from summer camp. When I was a girl, my parents used kerosene, but I hated it. These folks are reluctant to use insecticide on their little girl, so I hope you can tell us some natural ways to get rid of lice. A. Kerosene is an old-fashioned home remedy that is far too risky. Don't use it. A lice expert told us that alcohol is effective for overcoming lice. It is found in HairClean 1-2-3, along with coconut oil, anise oil and ylang-ylang oil. Clinical tests have found this product effective even against lice that have developed resistance to standard treatments.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 2001
Q. I am a 57-year-old woman who has had a lifetime fight with depression. I function quite well, but life can be difficult. Approximately eight years ago I began using Prozac. It was like a miracle. Within six weeks the depression was gone. For the past few years, however, the drug has been less effective. The depression isn't nearly as bad as before, but it's mild to moderate. My doctor prescribed Wellbutrin, but a month after discontinuing Prozac I was in a black depression and was desperate.
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