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Prozac (Fluoxetine)

ProzacProzac is an antidepressant medicine known generically as fluoxetine. Prozac is prescribed to patients suffering from depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and panic disorder.

Prozac is classified as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medicine. Developed and manufactured by Eli Lilly, Prozac was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988.

When taken by pregnant women, there is a strong link between exposure to Prozac in the womb and the development of congenital birth defects in children. The development of serious birth defects is an unfortunate side effect of the use of the SSRI antidepressant Prozac by pregnant women. These birth defects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Omphalocele
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Clubfoot
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

If your newborn baby has developed a birth defect or other severe malformation as a result of exposure to the SSRI antidepressant Prozac in the womb, you may be entitled to receive recompense for such undue suffering and pain. Our experienced Prozac lawyers can assist you in filing a lawsuit against Prozac’s manufacturer, Eli Lilly.

To learn more about Prozac lawsuits and filing a claim, contact a Prozac lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe today.


The FDA has categorized Prozac as a Pregnancy C drug meaning that an increased risk for congenital birth defects when taken during pregnancy cannot be ruled out.

Common Prozac birth defects include but are not limited to:

  • Heart Malformations & PPHN
  • Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)
  • Limb Reduction Defects
  • Omphalocele (Abdominal Malformations)
  • Transposition of Great Arteries (TGA)
  • Anal Atresia (Imperforate Anus)
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Ventricular Septal Defects (holes in heart)
  • Atrial Septal Defects (holes in heart)
  • Gastrointestinal Malformations (GI Tract)
  • Atrial Enlargement
  • Tetrology of Fallot
  • Cranial Birth Defects
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Hypoplastic Right/Left Heart
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Neural Tube Defect
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Ebstein’s Anomaly
  • Pierre Robbins Sequence
  • Gastroschisis
  • Undescended Testes
  • Hypospadias
  • Epispadias
  • Club Foot
  • Cleft-Lip
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Other Related Injuries


Drug Information
Prozac (Fluoxetine)
Manufacturer: Eli Lilly
FDA Approval: December 29, 1987 for major depression, OCD & general anxiety in adults
Generic Availability: August 2, 2001
Pregnancy Risk: Category C