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How can Fluoxetine (Prozac) help with treating depression in children?

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Fluoxetine (Prozac) is effective in treating depression in children and teens. It's approved by the FDA to treat depression in children ages 8 to18 with depression. So are other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Most medications used to treat depression in children have a black box warning about the risk of suicidal thoughts. Any child taking these medications needs the care of a trained professional.

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 2, 2020

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 2, 2020

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