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2006-02-08 17:03:41

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Prozac-type antidepressants can raise the risk of a potentially deadly breathing problem in newborns but only if the mother takes them during the second half of pregnancy, a study showed on Wednesday. A team led by Christina Chambers of the University of California at San Diego found that women taking selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, the drug class that includes Prozac, were six times more likely to have a baby suffering from persistent...

2006-01-27 16:20:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft, which affect a brain chemical called serotonin, may also influence the body's immune system, new research suggests. Prozac and Zoloft belong to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or "SSRIs," which are thought to combat depression by causing serotonin to linger longer at nerve junctions. The new findings, which appear in the medical journal Blood, suggest that serotonin also works as a signaling...

2006-01-13 12:30:47

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) may help relieve certain emotional disturbances in patients who've suffered a stroke, Korean researchers report. As senior investigator Dr. Jong S. Kim told Reuters Health, Prozac significantly improved "emotional incontinence and anger proneness, but not depression." There have been few controlled studies of so-called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac in patients with...

2005-09-29 07:34:33

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday said will add strong warnings to its label for Straterra, used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, including the risk of suicidal thoughts among children and adolescents. Straterra will carry a "black box" warning, the strongest required by U.S. regulators. Lilly said there were no suicides among children, adolescents or adults taking the medication during Straterra clinical trials, but there was one suicide attempt in...

2004-11-30 12:00:10

Last December, medical school researchers went to a professional meeting in Puerto Rico with a sense of urgency. U.S. government drug regulators were reviewing unpublished data from their studies on the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents to see if the drugs increased suicide risks. The group included many of the researchers whose published positive findings had helped persuade doctors to prescribe antidepressants like Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac to young patients. Now, faced...