Prozac Addictions? Is it Possible?

Although individuals do not suffer physical Prozac addictions, the psychologically addictive factor of Prozac should not be overlooked. If an individual feels they cannot function normally without the aid of Prozac, or any other medication for that matter, they have a psychological addiction to that drug. Prozac, an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) anti-depressant, is an extremely popular medication. In 2006, more that 23.1 million prescriptions of fluoxetine, the generic equivalent of Prozac, were filled in the United States alone.

With the immense popularity of a drug like Prozac, it is important that addiction researchers remain current with trends and developments. One innovative tool now available to substance abuse professionals is technology that gathers and sorts online searches for specific drugs. Quantified and graphed results for Prozac and related search phrases, such as Prozac addictions, offer many important insights.

Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil – Anti-Depressant Comparisons Dominate Graph 1

Throughout Graph 1 below, an overwhelming number of search phrases involve comparisons between Prozac and other anti-depressants. Associations between Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and to a smaller extent Celexa and Wellbutrin, dominate 10 out of the 30 top search phrases. “Prozac Zoloft” and subsequent four related phrases total an astonishing 353,911 queries. “Prozac Paxil” garnered 56,614 searches, and a comparison of the three “Prozac Zoloft Paxil” received 145,419 inquiries. A comparison between Prozac and another popular SSRI anti-depressant, Celexa, received just over 43,000 searches, while “Wellbutrin and Prozac” was mentioned 35,488 times.

Prozac Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 30,000  370,000
prozac nation    359174
prozac side    176780
prozac zoloft    145419
prozac online    117179
prozac zoloft paxil    111690
zoloft paxil    111690
ricci prozac    96970
side effects of prozac    96228
prozac withdrawal    79450
prozac weight    72252
generic prozac    69005
prozac vs zoloft    65702
phentermine prozac    63777
christina ricci prozac    63118
ricci prozac nation    61085
prozac paxil    56614
buy prozac    53943
zoloft vs prozac    52560
prozac and weight    48970
zoloft prozac    47889
christina ricci prozac nation    47674
celexa prozac    43253
prozac versus zoloft    42341
drug prozac    41991
prozac drug    37798
prozac weight loss    35777
wellbutrin and prozac    35488
taking prozac    35371
prozac and suicide    35040
prozac withdrawal symptoms    33580
30,000 370,000

Side Effects of Prozac – Why so many Searches?

The two primary expressions of people searching for information about the side effects of Prozac, “Prozac side” and “side effects of Prozac” amount to 273,008 queries. An explanation for this large number of searches may have to do with the large number of possible Prozac side effects, including anxiety, headaches, fever, insomnia, nervousness, dizziness, sweating and diarrhea, to name a few.

Interestingly, the most commonly searched phrase is “Prozac nation” (359,174); a reference to both a popular book by Elizabeth Wurtzel and an independent film based on this book starring Christina Ricci. This may indicate the influence Prozac and anti-depressants in general have had on society and popular culture.

Prozac - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in Prozac searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 Prozac exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  430,000
side    415532
zoloft    397694
nation    380502
vs    267657
paxil    240347
weight    157919
ricci    141349
online    138563
generic    130950
buy    122451
wellbutrin    116940
alcohol    107544
phentermine    105199
prescription    97112
withdrawal    95676
christina    90997
children    84475
pregnancy    83821
drug    82373
loss    77126
gain    69713
how    63932
celexa    58573
interactions    56644
suicide    54144
versus    51901
symptoms    51766
from    49388
long    49341
term    48470
lexapro    47274
fluoxetine    41693
cheap    41211
depression    40799
dosage    40459
taking    38437
movie    37830
anxiety    35382
cat    34080
pics    33072
affects    31959
picture    31158
stopping    30640
antidepressant    29938
information    29645
effexor    28905
switching    28636
medication    28509
order    28032
withdrawl    27348
works    25584
used    25035
dogs    24136
snorting    23369
pms    23174
water    22898
what    22715
stop    22637
discount    21736
withdrawel    21535
going    21320
history    21152
weaning    21029
info    20299
alternative    20225
potatoes    19783
purchase    19747
work    19232
ocd    19227
dosages    19057
cartoon    18980
weekly    18777
overdose    18659
quitting    18615
danger    18396
viagra    18105
cialis    18104
levitra    18104
name    17984
getting    17388
dog    17082
prices    16863
ingredients    16794
sale    16733
marijuana    16584
dangers    16501
sideeffects    16060
lilly    15628
combination    15407
memory    15387
eli    15363
backlash    15354
stories    15340
coming    15334
addiction    14945
child    14845
lawsuit    14605
listening    14600
thick    14600
foot    14600
0 430,000

Addictions Research – Montreal Drug and Alcohol Rehab Keeps Pace

USDR, a progressive drug and alcohol rehab facility near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recognizes the value of addictions research in helping keep pace with substance abuse trends. As demonstrated throughout this website, query results can indicate both an increase or decrease in the popularity of both prescription and illicit drugs. To learn more about additional addictive substances, visit more studies on this site.

Prozac - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 102 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 10,000  34,000
prozac nation pics    33069
prozac and alcohol    31420
prozac online no prescription    31394
phentermine and prozac    31315
prozac vs paxil    30665
stopping prozac    30563
prozac interactions    29815
order prozac    28032
buy prozac online    27925
prozac dosage    27395
cheap prozac    27274
prozac generic    27214
prozac withdrawl    26173
prozac works    25552
prozac weight gain    24458
prozac nation movie    24092
prozac drug interactions    24090
prozac alcohol    23837
snorting prozac    22639
prozac and wellbutrin    22127
prozac and pregnancy    21782
prozac withdrawel    21535
prozac information    21535
going off prozac    21317
nation prozac    21206
prozac fluoxetine    20881
lexapro prozac    20665
zoloft to prozac    20446
paxil vs prozac    20440
phentermine prozac weight loss    20440
history of prozac    19929
what is prozac    19929
effexor prozac    19714
prozac and weight gain    19714
potatoes not prozac    19710
purchase prozac    19418
discount prozac    19272
prozac pregnancy    18983
prozac dosages    18980
prozac cartoon    18980
prozac in water    18980
how does prozac work    18980
prozac for dogs    18980
prozac anxiety    18458
prozac suicide    18301
cat prozac    18250
pregnancy and prozac    18250
quitting prozac    18250
viagra cialis levitra    18104
viagra cialis    18104
cialis levitra    18104
prozac weekly    18047
children on prozac    17740
prozac overdose    17538
prozac info    17523
fluoxetine prozac    17419
prozac without prescription    17163
ricci prozac nation pics    17009
side effects prozac    16978
picture of prozac    16801
lexapro vs prozac    16792
prozac alternative    16790
prozac prices    16790
affects of prozac    16506
medication prozac    16242
getting off prozac    16071
prozac with alcohol    16065
side affects of prozac    16065
prozac ocd    16060
prozac nation christina ricci    16060
generic name for prozac    16060
prozac sideeffects    16060
10,000 34,000