I have a close friend whose son turned 14 last October. He started on 10mg of Prozac in September 2013, gradually increased to 60mg in July 2014, where he has remained.
My friend keeps regular records of her son's height, and he has not grown a single centimeter in the past eight months. His height was tracking slightly below average, but otherwise normal, prior to this.
His pediatrician did blood work in January and does not recommend any action at this time, so we assume his hormone levels are normal. (I have already suggested confirming this with the pediatrician.) But my friend is very worried. Just given the timing, the Prozac looks like a plausible culprit... But of course that could be random coincidence.
So my questions are:
1) Are there any reliable studies demonstrating or refuting a link between Prozac and stunted growth in teenagers? Simple Web searches turn up many pages, but they seem to be largely anecdotal.
2) What advice would you give to my friend?