• DEBRA DEBRA
    July 09, 2009
    How often is Prozac used for ADHD? Is it safe?
    DEBRA DEBRA
    July 09, 2009

FROM OUR EXPERTS

  • Merely Me
    Health Guide
    July 10, 2009
    Merely Me
    Health Guide
    July 10, 2009

    Hi Debra

     

    It does seem that Prozac is being prescribed to people who have ADHD.  My son is taking Prozac...he has autism but also has hyperactivity and lots of problems with paying attention.  He is now thirteen and has been taking the Prozac for over a year now and it has really helped him immensely but...we were dealing with depressive symptoms with him.  He would have meltdowns and crying jags and the Prozac absolutely decreased those symptoms.  It does seem to make him hyperactive at times and I have heard this from other parents who have teens who take Prozac.  So this has been our experience but one can't generalize from one story.

     

    Are you thinking of taking Prozac or are you wondering about Prozac for your child?  As far as safety...I like Prozac because there doesn't seem to be many side effects and it has been around forever...there are lots of studies on it and there doesn't seem to be the horrible withdrawal symptoms that you hear about with other medications.

     

    Here is a site with information about treating ADHD with Prozac.

     

    And I always like to find forums where other patients discuss what the firsthand experience is like.  Here is such a forum where folk tell you how the Prozac affected their ADHD symptoms.

     

    My best suggestion is to consult with your doctor or your child's doctor and discuss your concerns and ask what sort of expectations one should have for taking this medication.  But you really won't know how it will work until it is taken.

     

    Hope this helps some!  Thank you for your question.

  • Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    July 10, 2009
    Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    July 10, 2009

    Debra

    Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.com. I am not sure how often doctors prescribe prozac for ADHD. This is an antidepressant and normally would be prescribed if someone did not receive any benefit from stimulants or could not tolerate the side effects of stimulant medication.

     

    Eileen


FROM OUR COMMUNITY

You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.