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What should I know before my child uses Prozac?

Prozac (fluoxetine) is approved to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder in children (although it may be prescribed for kids for other reasons). Prozac is an antidepressant. Antidepressants have been found to increase the risk of becoming suicidal in children and young adults. Before your child begins treatment with Prozac, ask the doctor for a list of the warning signs that he may become suicidal, such as worsening depression or thoughts of hurting himself. Be aware that these symptoms can come on suddenly.

You should also know that taking Prozac for an extended period of time may affect a child’s growth, so your child’s weight and height should be monitored while he takes this drug.

Finally, make sure your child takes Prozac exactly as directed. He or she should not take more or less than the amount prescribed and should not stop taking this medication abruptly. Doing so can cause withdrawal symptoms.

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