Anti-depressants to treat brain cancer?
Cancer Glioblastoma Prozac

Anti-depressants to treat brain cancer?

Flávia Oliveira Geraldes
Flávia Oliveira Geraldes

In 10 seconds? New data show that a drug called fluoxetine, best known by its brand name Prozac, can help kill glioblastoma cells and induce tumor regression in lab mice.

I thought Prozac was an anti-depressant? That’s right – Prozac, or the active component therein, fluoxetine – is commonly used to treat depression, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder and sometimes bulimia. Although other anti-depressant drugs show better efficacy, fluoxetine tends to be better tolerated by patients than other drugs of the same class and is a popular option for these disorders.

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