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title pic Prozac and Cough Syrup: The New Killer Cocktail

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on March 16, 2012

Prozac and Cough Syrup: The New Killer Cocktail

Prozac has been accused of many things over the years. Recently, a report on pointed out that when antidepressant medications mix with cough syrup, the effects can be deadly.

According to the report, which was made by coroners in Quebec, an investigation of the deaths of two men revealed that they both died from a mixture of the antidepressant Prozac and cough syrup that contained the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, or DM.

In one of the deaths, the man overdosed on dextromethorphan. The other man mixed his cough syrup with Prozac and an antibiotic that wound up being the “killer cocktail” that ended his life. According to the news report, “the coroners are asking the province to make it mandatory for cough syrups to be placed behind the counter. That way, a pharmacist can advise patients about dosages as well as ask them about any other medication they might be taking to look for any problematic combinations.”

The coroner’s report also pointed out that between 2000 and 2009, there were at least 20 deaths that occurred from the mixture of over-the-counter cough medications containing DM, acetaminophen or ASA.

“Anyone can buy these products at will without consulting with a pharmacist or doctor and may knowingly or unknowingly ignore the recommended dosage on the container,” the coroners wrote.

Prozac is an SSRI medication that is used to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety and even treat bipolar disorders. It has been linked to birth defects in babies whose mothers took the drug while pregnant. Some of those birth defects linked to Prozac include PPHN, cleft palate, neural tube defects and heart, lung and brain defects. This story just goes to show you that even every day medications can become a killer cocktail when mixed with antidepressants.

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