Warning over using Prozac for children

A campaigner has warned that GPs might prescribe Prozac to children more often than they should, after regulators approved the drug for use on children as young as eight.

Mental Health Foundation head of policy Moira Fraser, speaking after the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) recommended that Prozac be used for children aged eight or over, said this could happen if there were no adequate psychological therapies available for children. She said Prozac should be used only in very few cases.

The EMEA said Prozac could be used where children were suffering from moderate to severe depression and did not respond to psychological therapy. It should only be used with talking treatments.

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