Request Legal Help Now - Free

Prozac May Not Prevent Depression Relapses

. By
Durham, NCWhile Prozac birth defects are already a suspected side effect of the drug, a new study indicates that its use may not prevent a relapse of depression, The New York Times reports.

According to the new study, approximately half of adolescents who recovered from major depression ultimately became depressed again within five years, regardless of initial treatment or therapy they received.

The study, which was published recently in Archives of General Psychiatry, was led by Dr. John Curry, a psychologist in the psychiatry department at the Duke University School of Medicine.

"It looks like we don't have a treatment yet that really prevents recurrence," said Curry. "And we don't have much of an indicator while the person is in treatment of how protected they're going to be against recurrence."

In the study, nearly 200 adolescents aged 12 to 17 received either 12 weeks of Prozac, cognitive behavioral therapy or both, or a placebo pill. After 36 weeks, researchers said improvement for each group was similar and that by two years most people had completely recovered.

However, by five years, 47 percent suffered another major episode of depression, regardless of the treatment, the study said.


PPHN and Prozac Legal Help

If you or a loved one have suffered losses in this case, please click the link below and your complaint will be sent to a drugs & medical lawyer who may evaluate your PPHN and Prozac claim at no cost or obligation.


Fields marked * are mandatory. Please read our comment guidelines before posting.


Note: Your name will be published with your comment.

*Email Address:

Your email will only be used if a response is needed.
*Your Comment:

Are you the defendant or a subject matter expert on this topic with an opposing viewpoint? We'd love to hear your comments here as well, or if you'd like to contact us for an interview please submit your details here.

Click to learn more about
Request Legal Help Now! - Free