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prozac can stunt your physical development and of male sexual charecteristics

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hi im an irish guy who was on prozac from 18 to 27 for ocd, only now having been of prozac almost 2 year s have i become aware of how durring that time not only did i not gain in height but also failed to fill out physically, i am 5"8 smaller than my father brother male cousins etc. most of my school mates who were my height at 18 had a late growth spurt something which never happened to me; also i didnt grow any facial hair while on prozac bar some on my neck and chin anyway becoming more aware of my lack of physical development and male characteristics after coming off prozac i googled " prozac stunts growth" and alot of scary studies confirming prozac stunts growth came up dating back to 1998 the year i began prozac despite the fact that no where on an ssri list of side effects will you see this, i also noticed studies pointing out possible problems with testes development in teenagers on ssris. you can imagine how angry i feel about this and please dont think im being superficial my main concern is because at the moment i do physical work and find it very challanging due to the fact that my arms an upper body bone structure is narrower and smaller than colleagues, i know other people who are smallish but they tend to have compensated by being stockier. anyway the reason i am posting this thread is to highlight this danger to anyone on an ssri or considering trying it, however i would also like to hear from anyone who may have experienced stunting of growth, puperty etc. as i would like to start some sort of campaign to highlight what i regard to be a very seroious issue especially given that its estimated that 1 in 6 american teenagers are or have been on an ssri and its increasingly being prescriped to teenagers in europe.
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A study published in the journal Endocrinology (2004) reveals that giving Prozac to children may result in a loss of bone mass. The study was conducted on mice and showed an average 9.4% less bone formation in the thighbones of the mice taking Prozac, compared to mice who were not given the drug.
According to another study published in the journal Pediatrics (1999), infants whose mothers took Prozac while breastfeeding grew significantly less than infants whose mothers had discontinued Prozac after delivery. The study concluded: "The data set forth in this study indicate that infants who are breastfed by mothers who take fluoxetine [Prozac] track a growth curve significantly below that of infants breastfed without the medication."
Previously, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (1996) found that the birth weight of babies exposed to Prozac during pregnancy was less than those not exposed to Prozac during pregnancy.
i think the main reason why this hasnt gained more attention is due to the power of the drug industry, 90% of studies carried out on drugs are financed by the drug companies so invariavly the results tent to paint drugs like prozac in a positive light, basically there is no money for research for a negative study another big factor is the power of these companies to lobby the FDA. look how prozac got thru the net despite its links to suicide.
here is more info on prozacs effect on growth in children. this is from 2004

"A CLINICAL trial by the makers of Prozac has revealed evidence the
antidepressant could harm the growth and development of children.

The Sunday Herald has uncovered details of a 19-week trial carried
out by Eli Lilly where children aged between eight and 17 years old
who were given the drug gained an average of 1cm less in height and
1.1kg less in weight than others treated with a placebo.

The results revealed that treatment with fluoxetine, the generic name
for Prozac, was also linked to a decrease in levels of alkaline
phosphatase, an enzyme crucial to bone development.

Despite concerns from America's Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) in 2001, which requested that Lilly carry out a further
one-year trial to ensure the drug was safe to be used by children, no
such test has ever been done.

According to FDA documents seen by the Sunday Herald, Lilly refused
to carry out a more thorough trial, but was granted a licence to
prescribe Prozac to children a year later. In the FDA paper Andrew
Mosholder, medical officer for the FDA, writes: "Nineteen weeks
of fluoxetine treatment was associated with reduced growth velocity
relative to placebo."
imagine if they lost 1 cm in 19 weeks. that works out at 2 and a half a year. thats 15 cm or 6 inches over 5 years.

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