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Prozac for Eight-year-olds

07 Jun 06

Prozac can be prescribed for children as young as eight, the European Medicines Agency has said.
It decided the benefits outweighed the risks in children with moderate to severe depression who failed to respond to psychological therapy.

However, it ruled the drug should only be used in combination with on-going therapy.

Mental health campaigners said it was vital that any use of the drug in children was closely monitored.

Prozac, or fluoxetine, was developed by Eli Lilly and Co but is now widely available in generic versions.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, highlighted problems concerning another drug Seroxat. This was Britain's best-selling anti-depressant, but has been found to induce aggressive and suicidal feelings in children and adults.

He said: "It's vital that the lessons from Seroxat are learned.

"Clinicians must exercise extreme caution in administering this treatment to children and adolescents, including very careful monitoring of reactions in this group.

Drink up Chaps!

26 May 06
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