Tammy - posted on 07/15/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )
Please be careful if considering giving your child Prozac for depression or OCD if they are still in the growing stage. My daughter was on it for 3 years and although it did wonders for her OCD symptoms we discovered a little too late that she basically stopped growing while she was taking it (long story as to why it wasn't caught sooner). Within 6 weeks of taking her off of it she had grown almost a half an inch. She also was showing zero signs of puberty at the time we took her off of it and 6 weeks later it was clear puberty was kicking in. We will never get back the growth that she would have had during those 3 years. There's only one study that was done on mice before it was approved by the FDA to be used on children as young as 8 and it showed a potential for growth issues and stated further studies should be conducted (if they were there's nothing published). It is most likely a rarer side effect but I feel I should at least try and let people know that if they decide to use it they need to monitor their child's growth very closely.