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Prozac Harmful or Helpful Many people suffer from depression at some point in their lives Among women in western countries major depression is by far the most common illness Shorter 43 Treatment for depression varies among health care providers but the prescription of antidepressants seems to be the most common remedy Prozac and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs are being used to treat depression panic disorder bulimia obsessive-compulsive behavior and many other illnesses Prozac has become the most common and best-selling antidepressant in the United States It has been prescribed for over twenty-one million people Packard 18 Nonetheless many of these people are unnecessarily taking Prozac and it is doing them more harm than good There are many possible causes for depression ranging from stress physical and emotional changes crises and chemical imbalance in the brain There are also several ways to treat depression such as therapy a change in diet and a regular exercise program The current trend is for doctors to immediately prescribe Prozac before exploring the other treatment options However Prozac was associated with more hospitalizations deaths or other serious adverse reactions reported to the FDA than any other drug in America qtd in Freundlich 2 Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company created Prozac in 1974 but it wasnt approved by the FDA until 1987 The first of the SSRIs Prozac inhibits or blocks the recapture of the neurotransmitter serotonin by nerve cells Prozac 2 This allows the serotonin to remain in the brain for a longer period of time creating a lasting euphoric state Serotonin plays a complex part in the functioning of the body and brain Researchers and doctors are just starting to understand its role So far the tools used to manipulate serotonin in the human brain are more like pharmacological machetes than they are like scalpels--crudely effective but capable of doing plenty of collateral damage Lemonick 3 Prozac is supposed to help improve a persons mood
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