Another Citalopram death and the medicines regulators still doing sweet F.A.

There are other people besides me who totally believe antidepressants kill people, this woman says it all. Rest in peace Keith! Link to her blog.

Another cipramil related suicide. When will it stop??

Posted on June 24, 2011 by liberty
No GravatarThis morning I will be attending Keith’s funeral. He was a lovely man, a beautiful, gentle soul, by all accounts, happy-go-lucky, easy-going and good-natured. Deeply sensitive, he was a brilliant artist, an animal lover, and extremely sentimental. And now he has become a suicide statistic.He was not prone to depression until recent months when work troubles, health issues and life in general began to take their toll. His doctor wrote a prescription for anti-depressants and handed it to him without a word about possible side effects.Within weeks, he told his young wife that he didn’t feel right, he “felt numb, didn’t feel anything at all” and wanted to go off the meds. His doctor advised weaning him off the drugs but by then, suicidal ideation had begun.This was a first for this man. Never in his life had a suicidal thought entered his mind. Never had he uttered a word about wishing himself to be dead. Not until he took Citralopram.After one failed attempt with pills, he spent just a couple of days in hospital and was released with little follow-up. Eleven days later, he sat in his doctor’s office for a five-minute check-up, during which she later reported that he was “chirpy” and seemed fine.But just hours later, his wife found him dead in their home.

For several years, this drug (Citralopram, Celexa or Cipramil) has been reported to cause suicide. In fact, it has become such a prevalent problem in children and teens that it is no longer given to anyone under the age of 18.

Prozac is another anti-depressant known to cause suicides and as far back as 2004, there were studies that indicated children and teens who took it had a 50% higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts than those who took placebos. Mirtazapine is another anti-depressant that can cause suicide, especially in anyone under the age of 24. This is not an exhaustive list. But I’m sure you get my point.

What’s worse is that the suicidal thoughts and behaviour can continue even after coming off the drugs.

There have been lawsuits by shocked and grieving family members who have attempted to make someone accountable, yet governments are still allowing doctors to prescribe these deadly medications because they say the benefits to many outweigh the risks to a few. I wonder if they’d say the same if someone they loved was one of the few…

At the time of Keith’s failed attempt, the hospital and the doctor should have known about suicide being a side effect of this drug, and that one attempt could very well mean that there would be another – and one which he would be sure to get right. The doctor should have known that his cheerful smile just eleven days after an attempt on his own life was a big, red flag, as suicidal people become quite happy when they’ve worked out a plan and they know relief is imminent. Many people who are not health professionals are aware of this; how could a doctor miss it, just days after a previous attempt??

It’s bad enough that this lovely man was released from hospital so soon, that there was virtually no follow-up, that he was told he couldn’t see a counsellor for three months, that every medical professional he saw, from the writing of the prescription to the moment of his death, chose to ignore the potential for this terrible tragedy at several significant points along the way.

And of course, it is horrific to think about him having taken his own life. But it is too much to bear, thinking that if he hadn’t taken this bloody drug, he would, in all likelihood, still be alive.

How many more deaths will it take before pharmaceutical companies stop producing drugs that kill people? Before governments stop allowing these prescriptions? Before doctors and other health care professionals realise that just because the risk may be small, it is still too great if there is any potential at all for suicide?

When will people start finding other ways to resolve their depression, or treat their anxiety? What about self-help? What about psychologists who help people deal with emotional issues that cause depression and anxiety? What about alternative treatments like reiki, acupuncture, homeopathy and many others? When will we stop popping pills in a futile attempt to fix problems caused by our culture? When will we take our well-being into our own hands, instead of listening to doctors and automatically swallowing their advice, never questioning, never seeking alternatives, just blindly accepting their authority and thinking they know bloody everything? Because I can assure you, they don’t!

There is no proof that chemical imbalances in the body cause depression – the “reason” given for prescribing drugs. Certainly, those imbalances may exist, but perhaps it is the depression that causes the imbalances, as the body is very much affected by the mental and emotional aspects of a person. When we work at changing our thoughts, eventually it changes our feelings. I’ve been there, done that and so have many people I’ve met in my life.

We have a lot more power over depression and anxiety than doctors and drug companies have led us to believe.

Money, power and ego run the conventional medical communities and its affiliates such as pharmaceutical companies. I don’t think those are very good reasons to listen to their advice – not without asking a million questions, not without thorough investigation about options, not without making absolutely certain that it really is the best course of action.

As a culture, we have given up our power to medical professionals and their authority. For more reasons than just this tragic suicide – and so many others – I think it is well past time we took it back.


One thought on “Another Citalopram death and the medicines regulators still doing sweet F.A.

  1. Liberty is spot on. Doctors don’t know everything and to put blind faith in them is a mistake.
    There may well be a chemical imbalance during depression but trying to address the problem by artificially manipulating neurotransmitter levels is doing things back asswards. You have to resolve the cause of depression — not the symptom. And antidepressants do cause a chemical imbalance which ironically only increases depression.

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