“Extensive scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence linking citalopram to violent behaviour.”
Have they forgotten they wrote this letter?
As you can see in the Adult and Pediatrics: Additional data section..it clearly states self harm and harm to others as one of the side effects of these drugs! Leonie
This is the statement Lundbeck made to RTE.
Statement – Cipramil (citalopram)
15th April 2010 – In response to inaccuracies stated today at an Inquest held in the Wicklow Coroner’s Court, Lundbeck dispute the evidence given and claims made about Cipramil (citalopram).
It was stated at the Inquest that citalopram may have caused the behaviour and actions of Shane Clancy that resulted in his self-inflicted death, that of XXXXX and the wounding of two other people.
Extensive scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence linking citalopram to violent behaviour.
There are trials which show that citalopram has the potential to reduce, rather than provoke, irritability, aggression and violent behaviour. In a trial of patients with schizophrenia, citalopram was shown to reduce aggressiveness in chronically violent patients. In another trial of elderly patients, it was shown to reduce symptoms of agitation, restlessness and irritability. In the treatment of patients with depression, significant improvement was reported for irritability and indirect aggression.
The data available on overdose with citalopram also shows no evidence of violent behaviour. A paper published in 2009 by Hayes et al in the Journal of Emergency Medicine which retrospectively reviewed approximately 370 citalopram patients with overdose reported no aggressive or violent behaviour.
Depression is associated with an increased risk of suicide and this may be particularly evident in the early stages of treatment. A review of all available data for citalopram (that from clinical trials and that collated after the medicine was made available) shows no increased risk of suicide.
Citalopram has been used in an estimated 130 million patients worldwide.