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America goes crazy for “the happy pill”

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:665
  1. G McBride

    If there isn't yet a popular song about Prozac (fluoxetine), surely there will be soon. Everywhere you turn in America, there is another story or reference to this popular antidepressant. Some stick to giving “the facts”; others worry about people taking Prozac just to “cool out”; yet more discuss the drug's use in other troubled segments of the population, such as teenagers. Recently, one clever writer, the Chicago Tribune's syndicated columnist Mike Royko, managed to get both the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan debacle and Prozac into the same column.

    Several years ago, of course, Prozac received a lot of bad press as a dangerous drug capable of driving people to suicide. But this rare adverse effect did not stop American psychiatrists and then family practitioners using Prozac in increasing amounts to treat depression. Nor …

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