Unhappy Citalopram pill at work again?


In Nov 2007  Dr Janet Wreglesworth was prescribed Cipramil/Celexa. She was dead by Feb 19th 2008.   

How many stories like this before Lundbeck and Forest actually admit a causal link? Here is a doctor who is off work with a chest infection, who took her two sons, aged 7 and 11, to the school Club and who gave no indication of her intention to end her life. She was discovered dead by her husband the same afternoon when he returned home from work. She had taken an overdose.

The previous evening she had been discussing holiday plans with her husband Brian and he said there was no indication of anything wrong before her death. After the inquest where the findings concluded Dr. Wreglesworth had committed suicide, her husband said “I’m shocked. It never occurred to me. None of it makes any sense. We’d just booked a holiday, everything was perfectly normal.”                                                                                   

Dr Janet Wreglesworth was described as kind and caring, absolutely devoted and adored by her patients…….so another person on Citalopram who commits an inexplicable suicide. The only thing that the papers could find that was slightly off in her life was frustration in work caused by long hours interviewing for a new doctor and practise manager!

Was her family told that the drug can actually cause a person to become suicidal? Was Lundbeck’s paid professors sitting at the back of the courtroom during the inquest? They said they follow up all reported cases of deaths with Citalopram, so is Dr. Janet Wreglesworth another statistic in the ever increasing data of Lundbecks’ and Forest Labs’  “pharmacovigilence” department?

Was this doctor told that at Yvonne Woodley’s inquest in the UK, Dr. Christopher Muldoon, representing Lundbeck, said the drug is faithfully used by millions of people but it could cause someone to take their life who had not previously thought of doing so.

Or was she told that at Charmaine Dragun’s inquest, Dr. Deborah Pelser from Lundbeck Australia was asked whether Lexapro could have something to do the symptoms exhibited by Ms. Dragun on the day she committed suicide and asked if they could have something to do with that drug.  She said most certainly, if it is in the product information, then yes it is possible.

Was she told of the reports of “Self harm and harm to others” with the same drug? I guess not!

4 thoughts on “Unhappy Citalopram pill at work again?”

  1. The coroners at many of these inquests recognize a connection with Citalopram (and other SSRIs). Why don’t the doctors that prescribe it? I think I know; coroners don’t receive kickbacks from drug companies.


  2. I think Julian hit the nail on the head when he talked about tolerance meaning that you didn’t die immediately after consumption.

    I wonder have there been any cases where people taking it for a much longer period have committed suicide, say after 6 months or a year? If so it would make all those faithful millions ticking time bombs.


  3. I did wonder why the coroners were the only ones who seem to highlight the problem of suicide and ssri’s. 12 year old Daniel was on Celexa for a year before he killed himself….https://leoniefennell.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/cipramil-celexa-again/
    But yet, no matter how many stories and coroners warnings I come up with, the IMB will not investigate this drug, Lundbeck will keep denying it and Irish Psychiatry on Lundbecks payroll will do the rounds of victims inquests denying it for them! I wont put my opinion of them here for obvious reasons.
    What psychiatrist thought it was o.k to give this mind altering drug to an 11 year old?


  4. Coroners have been quietly raising flags about the dangers of SSRI’s for years now. That’s why they have been concluding with ‘open verdicts’. They are leaving them open because the SSRI’s (or psychiatric treatment with other drugs) cast suicides into grey areas. It makes sense, because how can someone willingly commit suicide when they are on a drug (SSRI) that can increase the possibility?

    Also, even in the least extreme cases of SSRI induced suicides, side effects like Akathisia can alter behavior to the point that the individual is not in full control of their actions. I have had akathisia on Seroxat so I am speaking from experience. Akathisia is much more common that the drug companies of psychiatry admit. For those that don’t know Akathisia is like you are literally crawling out of your own still, your nervous system goes into overdrive and you can’t sit or stand, your whole body spasms and you feel like you are going to literally split into a million pieces. It is absolute torture, and from this side effect alone, it is not difficult to see how someone could flip out and do damage to themselves or other people, either through self harm or suicidal acts.

    Psychiatry doesn’t like coroners drawing attention to ‘open verdict’ SSRI suicides, because that attention casts doubt upon the risks of psychiatric treatments… Psychiatrists become hostile to any threat to their ideology…


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