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Prozac

ProzacSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Fluoxetine Hydrocloride

STREET NAMES:

Wonder drug, miracle drug, happy pills, bottled smilies

EFFECTS:

Prozac is a drug that is used for treating depression. It is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).  Prozac affects neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerves within the brain use to communicate with each other. Neurotransmitters are manufactured and released by nerves and then travel and attach to nearby nerves. Thus, neurotransmitters can be thought of as the communication system of the brain. Serotonin is one neurotransmitter that is released by nerves in the brain. The serotonin either travels across the space between nerves and attaches to receptors on the surface of nearby nerves or it attaches to receptors on the surface of the nerve that produced it, to be taken up by the nerve and released again (a process referred to as re-uptake).  Prozac improves your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. It may decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

Prozac comes in the form of a capsule or a liquid and is taken orally.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Some users have experienced side-effects, including insomnia, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, anxiety and headaches.  The long term implications of regular misuse of Prozac is not yet fully understood  Mixing Prozac with other drugs, particularly ecstasy or alcohol, can be dangerous  Taking Prozac with some other anti-depressant medical drugs can cause very high blood pressure, vomiting and shock and has led to some people being hospitalised.  Withdrawal symptoms can occur if the user stops the drug abruptly, causing things like balance problems, nausea, electric shock sensations, vivid dreams, nervousness and flu-like symptoms.  There are no recorded overdoses associated with Prozac use by itself.

LAW:

Prozac is legal when prescribed under prescription. Supply or possession with intent to supply is illegal, and Class C penalties apply.

  1. Prozac has been praised for making you "less sensitive", but it can also make you less in-touch with reality, less caring, and less loving.
  2. Prozac works by helping to balance brain chemicals that cause conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.
  3. In 1989, Joseph Wesbecker shot and killed eight people and injured 12 others before killing himself at his place of work in Kentucky. Wesbecker had been taking Prozac for four weeks before these homicides, and this led to a legal action against the mak-ers of the drug.
  4. Prozac was initially hailed as a miracle cure, but became a victim of its own success as patients who were not clinically depressed demanded the drug as a "quick fix" for their personal problems.
  5. Psychiatrist Peter Kramer, in his best-selling book Listening to Prozac, claimed that the drug could be use to alter personality traits like shyness and lack of confidence.
  6. People may become more gregarious and easy going when taking the drug, but this can be attributed to recovery from depression, rather than any magical properties of Prozac itself.
  7. Prozac (previously named LY110141) was developed.
  8. Prozac is the most widely used antidepressant in history, prescribed to 54m people worldwide.
  9. Prozac is now in the dictionary, no more a slavish noun but a fully fledged adjective with rights of its own. According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, someone lively and excited may safely be described as 'on Prozac'.
  10. Prozac was introduced by Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company as a treatment for clini-cal depression in 1986.
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