Yet again, we see a report that a family has blamed citalopram (sold as Celexa and Cipramil) for the death of their loved one.
Just like my son Shane (who was 22), this man’s death followed very shortly after being prescribed the drug. Richard Green was aged 56 when he ended his own life, having been prescribed citalopram 11 days beforehand (to help with panic attacks). At Richard’s inquest, the family made their feelings pretty clear. According to this article, they stated:
The family, siblings and parents believe that the prescription of the antidepressant drug Citalopram played a major part in Richard’s suicide. In fact, we believe that, had he not been prescribed this drug, he would still be with us today. We appreciate that the medical evidence shows that the drug was within normal levels in Richard’s bloodstream. However, we believe that this drug adversely affected Richard’s state of mind. We wouldn’t want any other family – if there is anything that can be done – to go through the pain and distress we have had.
Expert evidence from toxicologist Dr Stephen Morley, said there was evidence of an increased risk of suicide or suicide ideation in the first month after starting antidepressants. He referred to a systematic review that showed an association between the use of antidepressants and increased suicide risk, where adverse suicidal reaction occurred within one week in 71% of cases or within two weeks in 93% of cases.
How many families have to raise concerns about citalopram and other SSRIs before we wake up to the vast numbers of deaths these drugs are causing? This family of drug, marketed as ‘antidepressants’, were sold to recent generations as being safer than the older tricyclic antidepressants – yet according to the manufacturers, serious incidents including self-harm and ‘harm to others’ have been reported.
While the drug industry and (some) psychiatrists will acknowledge that SSRIs increase the risk of suicide and violence, the regulatory warnings are for under 25s – no older. Hardly helpful to Richard or all the other ‘older’ victims who have died from an SSRI-induced death. Sadly for Richard’s family, little has changed since a coroner ruled in 2008, that retiree Ian Fox, 65, died while the balance of his mind was disturbed while suffering the adverse effects of Citalopram.
It seems that being over the age of 25 does not protect against the adverse effects of an SSRI’s mind-altering qualities. Many others of a similar age to Richard, have died as a result of a recent prescription for citalopram. In no particular order – Julie McGregor, 73, drowned herself 2 weeks after being prescribed citalopram. John Rudd, 62, walked in front of a train 3 days after being prescribed citalopram (the coroner said he had dealt with at least 6 fatalities where the person had recently started taking citalopram). Bridget Raby, 75, used a knife to kill herself a month after being prescribed citalopram. Gordon Briggs, 58, hanged himself 3 weeks after being prescribed citalopram. His family raised concerns over his deterioration on the drug. Sylvia (Margaret) Tisdale, 64, jumped from her bedroom window following a recent prescription for citalopram. Her friend raised concerns about the side-effects of the drug. Nigel (Bernard) Woodburn, 68, drove into a tree 4 days after being prescribed citalopram. The coroner said “this is probably the fifth, if not sixth inquest I’ve heard within a period of three years when somebody either just going on to citalopram or Seroxat, or coming off it, have killed themselves one way or another, totally out of the blue, totally without expectation, without a history of suicidal thoughts in the past.” Raymond Hague, 73, hanged himself a few weeks after being prescribed citalopram. Stephen Leggett, 53, set himself on fire 5 days after citalopram. The Coroner ordered a Government Inquiry into the drug.
Thus, whatever the drug industry says, age is irrelevant when mind-altering SSRIs are attacking our brains and turning supposedly autonomous beings into people capable of killing themselves (and others). All of the abovementioned, just like Shane, probably trusted that the doctor knew best and that citalopram would help. My son was on this drug for a mere 17 days, Richard lasted 11. Were any of these people afforded even an iota of informed consent? Was there a discussion of the increased risk of drug-induced suicide, aggression, depersonalisation, or at the very least – sexual problems? I sincerely doubt it. Meanwhile, the drug regulators, in place largely to protect us, ignore the rising body of evidence and bury their heads in the sand. The families shouting ‘stop’ however, are constant.
Reports courtesy of Database kept by AntiDepAware.