At first I thought it was a joke, but it's for real. Prozac is now being touted as the latest greatest thing for PMS and PMDD. This is the drug used for treatment of depression or obsessive-compulsive behavior. You know, the happy pill. Sadly, I've seen lots of people who are not happy, who take this pill.
Straight from Wikipedia (and a few other sources) re-labeling drugs is becoming a common occurrence when a prescription drug patent is about to expire. The manufacturer suddenly finds "new uses" for it to stem the post-patent sales decrease. Eli Lilly's re-branding of Prozac is the latest drug to suddenly find new uses. This time the "research" (hmm, some research at the University of Birmingham, but couldn't find anything published) says it works for the treatment of PMDD, otherwise known as Pre-Menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This is a dramatic form of Premenstrual syndrome.
Not to worry though, because if Prozac helps your PMDD or your PMS you only have, well minimal side-effects. Here's the short list.
- Insomnia –– in up to 33 percent of people (Great I'm dead tired from not sleeping but I'm not anxious. But I do need another drug to help me sleep, what do you recommend?)
- Nausea — up to 29 percent
- Weakness — up to 21 percent
- Headache — up to 21 percent
- Diarrhea — up to 18 percent
- Loss of appetite — up to 17 percent
- Drowsiness — up to 17 percent
- Anxiety— up to 15 percent (what, I thought it treats anxiety, You mean I could have a 15% chance of having more anxiety? What's up with that?)
- Nervousness — up to 14 percent
- Shakiness (tremor) — up to 13 percent
- Dry mouth — up to 12 percent
- Decreased sex drive — up to 11 percent
- Yawning — up to 11 percent
- Indigestion — up to 10 percent
- Dizziness — up to 9 percent
- Sweating — up to 8 percent
- Impotence- up to 7 percent
- Ejaculation problems — up to 7 percent (probably doesn't apply to females, unless… does this include failure to orgasm?)
- Flushing (redness of the skin, especially the face)
- Abnormal dreams
- Fever or chills
- Weight loss
- Vision changes
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure/hypertension
- Increased appetite and weight gain
- Taste changes
- Menstrual Problems (What??? Wait a minute …. I thought you said it's for my menstrual problems??)
Lastly, let's not forget that Prozac, like all anti-depressant drugs, carry the "black box warning" on the label. That's the little caveat that says if you commit suicide it's not our fault because we are telling you this drug may give you suicidal thoughts.
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Wikipedia says: Eli Lilly's patent on Prozac (fluoxetine) expired in the United States in August 2001, prompting an influx of generic drugs onto the market. Prozac was rebranded "Sarafem" for the treatment of PMDD in an attempt to stem the post-patent decrease in Eli Lilly's sales of fluoxetine.