Pallie Carries — (1991 FDA Hearings)

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Department Of Health And Human Services Public Health Service Food And Drug Administration

FDA Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Hearings

Friday, September 20, 1991

Good morning. My name is Pallie Carries. I am the Director of the Prozac Survivors Support Group of Covington, Georgia.

I was put on for weight loss, since I had had a baby the year before and I was having a hard time getting the stubborn pounds off. I was put on it (Prozac) for weight loss and three days after being put on I started having terrifying nightmares. I would wake up screaming and the nightmares always had something to do with death. I couldn’t laugh or I couldn’t cry. I started having headaches and forgetfulness. I had no emotions at all. Soon after, I started having suicidal thoughts, followed by a suicidal attempt. I was always very agitated with the people I had to deal with on a daily basis. My friends and family were very concerned about me. My children didn’t understand what was happening to their mother. I didn’t realize what I was putting them through. And to top it off, I gained weight.

Then, from watching a T.V. talk show, I learned that Prozac was an antidepressant drug and not a weight loss aid and that a lot of people who were taking were having the same symptoms that I was having. I quit taking that day and, soon after, I started feeling like my own self again. Although I still have the headaches, fatigue, and forgetfulness which first appeared when I was taking I consider myself lucky to be alive. I was only taking for three weeks. I often wonder what would happen if I had continued taking this drug. Why is it so hard to admit that a mistake had been made when was released to the After all, we’re only humans and humans make mistakes. Can we not correct this mistake and take off the market before any more damage is done or any more lives ripped apart, or is profit the only voice being heard? Please listen to the survivors here today. We know firsthand, the truth. I wonder how many doctors who believe in the power of it would take it? After all, it’s given to patients for everything from a pick-me-up to a weight loss aid. Are they just a bit nervous from taking this drug themselves but they would not hesitate to give it to an unsuspecting patient like me?

I was a different person while I was taking  I was a zombie. I would sit and stare. I was completely without emotions. If you can only realize how this feels, not to be able to laugh or cry and not know why. I didn’t have the patience to help my children with their homework or the energy to play a game with them like I usually do. But I didn’t care. I only knew that I did not want to be around anyone and that included my family. I was not the loving mother and wife any longer.

If can affect me, a 27-year-old healthy mother of five children, in just three weeks, what could it in a couple of months? Given the history on Prozac and the way it has already affected me, I hate to think could have happened.

I am a different person now. I am the loving and caring mother and wife and I will never forget how Prozac affected my life. I only hope my children will forget the uncaring, selfish, and physically ill person that Prozac turned me into when all I wanted to do was lose weight.

Eli Lilly calls Prozac the wonder drug, and I wonder why. Thinking back on how this drug affected me, does a wonder drug rob you of a conscience? Does a wonder drug make you forget the difference between right and wrong? I no longer wonder about this so-called wonder drug; I now know that I wouldn’t be here today if I continued taking this killer drug.
I’m pleading with all of you who sit on this committee, who have the power the remove this drug, at same time considering approving sister drug, Loban, for a weight loss aid, remove from the marketplace and save lives, not approve Loban and release yet another killer. Haven’t there been enough deaths to prove to the Food and Drug Administration that is killing America and its people?

This is hard for me, because I tried to commit suicide in front of my five children. I didn’t know what I was doing and don’t remember exactly what happened. All I know is that my husband took the gun away from me and my children were looking from the other room. What would have happened if these children had seen their mother commit suicide? I was only put on it for weight loss  weight loss . Is it worth it? Is it worth it for my children to be motherless today because of a drug that has no side effects, I was told — had no side effects — but yet it brought me to the brink of holding a gun to my head and almost killing myself . If my husband wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be here. The children wouldn’t have a mother. My husband stuck by me, my family and friends have stuck by me. They have seen what it’s done to me and it’s just not worth it. I plead for you to just take a second look at this drug and see what it’s doing. Don’t the numbers count for themselves? Don’t the people here today, average normal people speaking, have anything to do with your votes and what you’re going to decide?