Fox News - Fair & Balanced

Fluoxetine

Prozac may be able to kill some viruses

A viral infection got you depressed? Maybe Prozac can help.Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered an unexpected property of fluoxetine, the antidepressant drug marketed as   Prozac . In laboratory tests on cell cultures, the drug appears to have antiviral properties, particularly against human enteroviruses, a genus of potential killers that includes poliovirus.While immunization has kept poliovirus in check in most countries, other enteroviruses remain a primary cause of certain types of meningitis, encephalitis, conjunctivitis, and a host of other diseases. Second only to the   common cold virus   in their prevalence, enteroviruses cause an estimated 15 million infections per year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.There are no drugs known to treat enterovirus infections, and doctors can only allow the infection to take its course and provide supportive care.An effective antiviral could prevent millions...

Read More

  1. Antidepressant medication linked with increased risk of superbug infection

    Certain types of antidepressants may put people at an increased risk for developing a deadly superbug infection, a new study suggested.Researchers from the Universit...

  2. Lilly's Prozac Patent Appeal Is Rejected

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Eli Lilly and Co.'s appeal of a patent ruling that allowed generic drug maker Barr Laboratories Inc. to sell a version of t...

  3. New Antidepressant Is Helping Many People

    A new antidepressant is now available that adds a very powerful weapon to those I can use to fight major depression.Viibryd, just recently distributed to pharmacies,...

  4. Only Some PMS Symptoms Improve With Antidepressant , Study Says

    Antidepressants are sometimes used for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but a woman's specific symptoms may be key in whether the medications offer any help, a new study...

  5. Your Pilot on Prozac ?

    FAA ends antidepressant ban

  6. FDA Orders Strict Antidepressant Warnings

    Federal health officials are ordering makers of antidepressants to use stark new warnings alerting doctors and consumers that the medications increase the risk of su...

  7. Friend: Weise Watched School-Shooting Film, Was on Prozac

    The teenager who shot five fellow students to death at his high school had watched a movie about a school shooting with friends earlier this month — skipping ahead t...

  8. Lilly Cuts Outlook as Prozac Sales Drop

    Drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. on Wednesday cut fourth-quarter profit expectations because of plunging U.S. sales of antidepressant Prozac, which lost patent protection ...

  9. New Sepsis Drug Prepares Lilly for Post-Prozac Era

    Eli Lilly and Co. is finding there's life after Prozac.Less than four months after Lilly watched income from its blockbuster antidepressant drop to a trickle with th...

  10. Antidepressants in Pregnancy Increase Risk of Heart Defects

    If you take antidepressants such as fluoxetine (marketed as Prozac) early in your pregnancy, you may be doubling the risk that your newborn will be born with a heart...

  11. Antidepressant Tied to Risk of Newborn Heart Defect

    Women who use the antidepressant bupropion during early pregnancy may have an increased risk of having a baby with a particular type of heart defect, a new study sug...

  12. Antidepressant Tied to Risk of Newborn Heart Defect

    Women who use the antidepressant bupropion during early pregnancy may have an increased risk of having a baby with a particular type of heart defect, a new study sug...

  1. Pregnant Women Warned About Prozac Risk to Fetus

    Pregnant women who take Prozac, the antidepressant, are twice as likely to give birth to babies with a congenital heart problem, The Times of London reported Thursda...

  2. Prozac Shows Promise in Recovery From Stroke

    Giving the antidepressant drug Prozac to people who have just had a stroke could help them to regain more control over their movements and allow more of them to live...

  3. Prozac Does Not Help Anorexia

    The antidepressant drug Prozac does not help prevent relapses in patients recovering from anorexia nervosa, new research shows.Researchers from Columbia University a...

  4. Potato Chips vs. Prozac : Salt May Be Natural Antidepressant , Study Finds

    Ever wonder why those French fries taste so good when you are depressed?Here’s one theory: Salt is a natural antidepressant, which might explain why we have a tenden...

  5. Shrimp Get High on Prozac as Antidepressants Flood British Waters, Study Finds

    Shrimps around the coasts of Britain are getting high on antidepressants, scientists said Wednesday.As more Britons take drugs like Prozac, sea life were being expos...

  6. Prozac May Be Able to Kill Some Viruses

    A viral infection got you depressed? Maybe Prozac can help.Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered an unexpected property of fluoxe...

  7. Taking anti-depressants during pregnancy may increase autism risk

    Women who take anti-depressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of having a child with autism s...

‹ Prev12345Next ›