• arica arica
    May 15, 2009
    is prozac safe for a 8year old to take?
    arica arica
    May 15, 2009

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  • Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    May 18, 2009
    Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    May 18, 2009

    Arica

     

    Thank you for your question and welcome to ADHDCentral.

     

    Prozac has been approved for treatment of depression in children 8 years of age and older and for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in children ages 7 and up.

     

    Eileen

    • ConcernedMOM
      April 14, 2011
      ConcernedMOM
      April 14, 2011

      On my second visit to the psychiatrist today she prescribed 10mg of Prozac for my 5 year old.  I am choosing not to give it to him and wait a few months to see if anything changes in his maturity.  His symptoms are ... anger, frustration, anxiety, mood changes etc.... all of which I see VERY little at home and all things happen at preschool and have since he was 3.  I think it's a lot of maturity.  Question?  Why would a psychiatrist prescribe this to a 43 pound little 5 year old?

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    • Eileen Bailey
      April 15, 2011
      Eileen Bailey
      Health Guide
      April 15, 2011

      It is impossible for me to say why your doctor would prescribe this medication for your son. I am sure it was done based on information you supplied regarding behaviors etc. Even though this medication has been approved for children over 7/8, it doesn't necessarily mean it is not safe for a younger child, it means that there are not enough studies in children that age. (I am not saying you should or should not give your child the medication, this is certainly your choice.)

       

      Eileen

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