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Lundbeck’s hall of shame.

Since Shane died in 2009 we have tried, and will continue to try, to warn the public that antidepressants can cause suicide and/or homicide. We have Professor Healy’s expert report which states that, in his opinion, Cipramil caused the events of 2009 (It’s attached to the side-bar on the right if anyone needs any information). During the last 2 years and 5 months, we have had to contend with denials and rebuttals from Lundbeck (surprise, surprise) and Ireland’s Psychiatric body, the College of Psychiatry of Ireland; Statements such as this one from Prof. T. Dinan…

Prof Timothy Dinan UCC said that he could say with“100 per cent certainty and without any fear of contradiction” that modern anti-depressants such as the drug Citalopram (sold as Cipramil) which Mr Clancy took do not cause people to commit murder. He added that there was no evidence either that the drugs cause patients to take their own lives.

Along with Prof. Patricia Casey who also rebutted our claims and denied the side-effects, Prof. Dinan has a long history of collaboration with lundbeck. He has lectured at meetings and served on advisory boards organised by companies promoting antipsychotic medications, including Eli Lilly, Janssen-Cilag, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and contributed to the Lundbeck Mental health barometer report. He has lectured at meetings sponsored by or acted as an advisor to all companies who market a branded SSRI. He is a clinical trials subcommitee member with the Irish Medicines Board and is also a listed expert with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). His declared Conflict of interests do not mention much of the above though! Link.

Both of these Psychiatrists have attended Inquests where antidepressants have been an issue in the persons death. Is this a conflict of interest?

Link to more denials from Psychiatry Ireland.

Here is a small collection from SSri stories which involves suicide and/or Homicide while on Lundbeck’s drugs. Information relating to the individual stories and other antidepressants can also be found on this website. Ssri stories.

Lundbeck’s hall of shame.

Celexa School Shooting 2006 North Carolina, Teen Shoots at Two Students: Kills his Father: Celexa Found Among his Personal Effects

Celexa Murder 2009 Texas Postpartum: Mother, Previously Diagnosed as Schizophrenic, Mutilates Infant after One Day on Celexa

Celexa Murder-Suicide 2010  West Virginia Elderly Man Kills Wife & Himself

Celexa Suicide 2010 England Man of Strong Character Hangs Himself

Celexa Suicide 2010 England Former Mayor Hangs Self: Had Set Up Camera To Photograph Girls: No Alcohol

Celexa Suicide 2010 England 27 Year Old Commits Suicide

Celexa Suicide 2010 New Zealand 26 Year Old Kills Self: Celexa Increased his Anxiety

Celexa Violence/Death 2010 Iraq/Canada Soldier, 22 Years Old, Becomes Violent With Police: They Shoot Him Dead

Celexa Murder 2011 Florida 17 Year Old Kills His Parents

Celexa Suicide 2011 England Woman, 73, Kills Herself While on Celexa

Celexa Murder Attempt 2011 Massachusetts *Coed at Wellesley Found Not Guilty Due to Celexa Antidepressant Use: Stabbed Boyfriend 8 times

Celexa Murder-Suicide 2010-04-22 Ireland *Jury Finds Celexa Cause of Murder-Suicide: Two Physicians Testify: Foundation Demands Action

Celexa Murder & Arson 1999 Texas Mother Kills her Two Children

Celexa Suicide 2009 Illinois Man Kills Himself After 13 Days of an Abrupt Withdrawal

Celexa Murder Withdrawal 2009 Texas Postpartum: Mother Murders Baby

Celexa Suicide 2008 England Woman Mistakenly Believes She Has Cancer – A Side Effect of SSRIs-: Kills Herself

Celexa Suicide 2005 Canada 16 Year Old Girl: Coroner’s Inquest

Celexa Murder-Suicide 2006 Australia Man Kills Wife, Two Children and Self

Celexa Suicide 2008 England Coroner Blames Celexa For Man’s Suicide

Celexa Murder 2010 Oklahoma Man Kills Best Friend: Given Death Sentence Waives Appeals: Expert Testifies On Celexa

Celexa Suicide 2010 England Physician & Coroner Testify Celexa Contributed to Suicide of Woman: Pharma Dr. Agrees!

Celexa Murder-Attempt/Suicide 2011 Florida Autopsy of School Board Shooter Released: Celexa Found: Shooter Killed Himself


Lexapro Murder-Suicide Attempt 2006 Pennsylvania Mother Attempts to Kill Children and Self

Lexapro Suicide Lexapro 2003 New York 17 Year Old Hangs Himself

Lexapro Suicide 2003 Virginia 18 Year Old Jumps to his Death

Lexapro Suicide 2004 Wisconsin 17 Year Old Girl Kills Self

Lexapro Road Rage Murder 2004 Massachusetts Man Deliberately Drives Into Tree: Kills Girlfriend

Lexapro Suicide 2005 Pennyslvania Woman Burns Herself to Death

Lexapro Murder 2005 Virginia Man Kills & Dismembers his Father: One Day Withdrawal

Lexapro Suicide 2005 Georgia 13 Year Old Hangs Himself

Lexapro Suicide 2006 Ohio Two Brothers Commit Suicide Within Months; Family Sues

Lexapro Suicide 2006 Utah 11 Year Old Girl Hangs Self; Family Sues

Lexapro Murder-Suicide Attempt 2005 New York Prominent Banker Shoots Son & Self

Lexapro Murder-Suicide 2007 Arizona Mother Kills her Two Year Old & Herself

Lexapro Suicide 2007 Florida Teen Jumps From 11th Floor Hotel Room

Lexapro Kidnapping/Stabbing 2004 Colorado Man Stabs Ex-Wife: Kidnaps Children

Lexapro Suicide 2007 Texas 18 Year Old Girl Kills Self: Lawsuit Could Be Decisive

Lexapro Suicide 2007 Florida Popular Meteorologist Commits Suicide

Lexapro Suicide 2007 Ireland Man Kills Self After 8 Days on Lexapro

Lexapro Suicide 2008 Missouri 14 Year Old Girl Commits Suicide While On Lexapro

Lexapro Murder 2007 Indiana Mother Murders Her Adopted Baby

Lexapro Suicide 2008 Washington 16 Year Old Girl Shoots Self: Lawsuit

Lexapro Murder-Suicide Attempt 2008 Ohio Man Attempts to Kill Wife: Succeeds in Killing Self

Lexapro Suicide 2008 Iraq/Texas Soldier Kills Self: He was Born & Raised in Oregon

Lexapro Murder 2008 Tennessee Husband Kills 18 Year Old Friend of Wife

Lexapro Suicide Attempt 2008 New Mexico Judge in Lawsuit Said Relative Attempted Suicide on Lexapro

Lexapro Murder 2009 Colorado Man Stabs Father, a Physician

Lexapro Suicide 2009 New York 14 Year Old Girl Commits Suicide: Fund for Funeral Expenses Announced

Lexapro Death 2004 Nebraska 28 Year Old Suicidal Man Killed by Police: 4 Day Lexapro Withdrawal

Lexapro Vehicular Manslaughter 2010 Idaho Man Has Four Car Crashes In One Day: No Alcohol Involved

Lexapro Mania/Bizarre Behavior 2010 Ohio 62 Year Old Man Becomes Manic and Insane on Lexapro: Tasered by Police: Dies

Lexapro Murder 2010 Louisiana Involuntary Intoxication is the Defense at Trial: No Alcohol Involved

Lexapro Murder 2010 California Woman Stabs Man To Death: Appeals Court

Lexapro Murder 2010 Texas 22 Year Old Kills 6 Month Old Baby: Appeals Court

Lexapro Vehicular Homicide 2010 New Jersey Woman Kills Pedestrian: Leaves Scene of Accident: No Alcohol Involved

Lexapro Murder 2011 Virginia Richmond Man Murders Co-Worker: Holds Family Hostage: Attempts Suicide

Lexapro Suicide 2011 New York Woman Jumps in Front of Train

Lexapro & Celexa Suicide 2008 Maine 24 Year Old Kills Himself

Lexapro Suicide 2004 Oregon 22 Year Old Given Med for back pain

Lexapro Murder 2007 Virginia Man Kills Girlfriend During Two Week Withdrawal from Lexapro

Lexapro Suicide 2009 Florida Young Man Was Taking Lexapro As Needed: On & Off the Drug

Lexapro Suicide 2010 Colorado 19 Year Old Woman Kills Herself

Lexapro Suicide 2011 Nevada Inmate Kills Self: Family Wants Answers

Lexapro Cyber Suicide Lexapro 2008 Florida 19 Year Old Kills Self in Front Of Webcam

Lexapro Murder 2008 Oklahoma 26 Year Old Murders 10 Year Old: Plans for Cannabilism

Lexapro School Threat/Lockdown 2008 California **Violent High School Student Shot to Death on Campus by Police

10 thoughts on “Lundbeck’s hall of shame.”

  1. It both angers and upsets me that this info is all evident to the actuality but despite such proof nothing is done.
    The fact Healy stood against Seroxat and won (getting it banned), confuses me that, as a drug no diferent to all other snri/ssri, that one can be banned yet the others not.
    All cause brain disruption, behaviour alteration, impairment and instability. What scientific sense is there in the one is diferent? (profit!).

    There are thousands upon thousands of the case reports to prove that playing with serotonin is a dangerous and experimental brutality, no one is proven cured by serotonin drug therapy, if anything the proof is, induced worsening (disguised as a new made up disorder ‘Bipolar/Unipolar’) or fatality, whats not being heard is, i believe, deliberatedly ignored.
    This is too big an epidemic over two decades that is media silenced and keeping these poisons dished out like candy.


  2. Hi,
    This is not a suicide case, but in regards to my 75 year old mother. She was prescribed ESCitalopram on december 9th, 2011. She had no intent to begin this antidepressant, but was convinced by the doctor that she saw, that she should ‘try it’. She took one dose the next day, developed chest and shoulder pain, and was dead as a result of ventricualr arrythmia 2 hours later. The ER report clearly states ‘Torsades de Pointes’, yet the report states she died of miocardial infarction (clogged arteries). Yet, her blood pressure was normal, never smoked, drank, and to top it all off, her blood Troponin levels were normal (high levels indicative of miocardial infarction). Not one person in the medical community will even admit that cipralex (escitalopram) caused this – she was 75 years old, after all. Law offices do not want to take on the case unless they can be guaranteed they can make money. My mother, nor I, were made aware of the risks of this medication, and knowing my mother, she would never have touched it, had she been made aware. The internet is littered with warnings wrt citalopram and its effect on the QT interval of the heart. The medication she received was manufactured by Lundbeck Canada. This is an international epidemic. I found out 2 weeks ago, a cousin of mine in Germany is receiving 150mg a day of citalopram (> 3x the allowable limit)! Another acquaintance of mine in Canada showed me that her 70 year old brother was receiving 70mg a day citalopram (3x the allowable limit)- this in march 2012. These are all major overdoses, and it appears it is business as usual with the medical community, despite the news releases regarding the reduced allowable doses recommended by Lundbeck.
    Is anyone aware of a lawfirm that is willing to go against Lundbeck? I don’t care if they are not located in Canada. I’d be interested in any class action as well. I’d like to post this case elsewhere, if there are links to other sites that pertain to the dangers of SSRIs, in particular citalopram / escitalopram.
    I’m on a warpath and it will not end until justice and accountability are achieved.


    1. My 59 yr old daughter died in Aug 2013 from toxicity of alcohol and celexa, according to the coroner’s report. I don’t feel like she should have been prescribed celexa since Drs knew she had a problem with alcohol. She also was in remission from hepatice C and I read celexa
      does affect the liver, I don’t feel like Drs were correct in continually renewing her prescription. She was on 20 mgs and said she asked Drs if she could double her dose and they gave her permission to do so. (40mgs) During the last 2 yrs of life she was taken to ER because of fainting at stores, parking lots etc, probably 4 to 5 times and still was kept on celexa. Anyone have any suggestions?


      1. Hi Ellen,

        I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. Yes Celexa can be very dangerous and can cause serious adverse effects, including heart problems and sudden death. Here’s the RxISK page on reported adverse effects of Celexa –

        SSRI antidepressants, including Celexa, can also cause alcohol cravings similar to this story here –

        I would suggest you might try to send an e-mail to David Healy on the above website. He might be able to answer your questions. Alternatively, if you need aditional information, send me an e-mail at and I will send you some contact details of others who might be able to help. I hope that may help a little and again, I am so sorry for you and your family on the loss of your daughter.

        Jeannie’s story also seems similar to your daughters –



  3. Hi Mike,
    I’m so sorry to hear that about your mother. I’m not sure about law firms over there; there are certainly class actions going on with Citalopram and Escitalopram but I think they are concerning suicides on these drugs.

    The heart problems with Citalopram and by extension Escitalopram have only recently been admitted by Lundbeck and Forest Labs but I’m sure plenty of cases will follow. Did you try jim gottstein Alaska?

    Your cousin and the other guy really need to go back to the doctor and give him/her the information about these drugs and what a high dose can lead to.

    Hope this helps,


  4. Thanks for your kind words & support Leonie. I am meeting with a Law Firm tomorrow to discuss this. Failing that, I may contact Gottstein. I am in the process of filing a request for investigation with the college of physicians & surgeons of Ontario, Canada – they are a “self-regulating” body here.
    I recently read an article that a friend sent me regarding the Vioxx scandal of a few years ago. Again, it turned out that mostly the elderly, and female patients that were taking Vioxx, were mysteriously dying of ‘sudden death’ heart failure. And mysteriously, the number of deaths nationwide in the US, dropped when Vioxx was taken off the market. As well, when Vioxx was introduced in the market, the number of annual deaths related to heart failure went up. Merck, the manufacturer of Vioxx, purposely downplayed the danger of the drug with respect to this. I plan to call statistics Canada here, to see if there is a similar correlation for Citalopram / ESCitalopram. I would not be surprised. How many people have to die before a drug is taken off market? How has the medical community in both of our countries erred on the side of caution? It appears that they are playing “russian roulette” with all of our lives.

    Here is the link to the article:

    This compares the chinese Melamine scandal to the Vioxx scandal. Except in China, the perpetrators were EXECUTED.

    Take care,


      1. Hi Leonie,
        A friend recently phoned to tell me that he watched Terrance Young, the MP for Oakville, Ontario, Canada on ‘CPAC’ a political news channel, airing parliamentary debates. He himself brought up the relatively recent Vioxx scandal in his speech on drug reform before Canadian Parliament, just this past week. He plans to introduce a private member’s bill early next year, to reform drug regulation in Canada. The backlash against big pharma and our national drug regulators is building & gaining momentum – not only amongst the public, but in government too. Thought you might like to know.


  5. I tried to kill myself while on citalopram, and my doctor thought it was amusing. He just looked at me and said, “you can’t kill yourself on that.” That was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, and I withdrew myself from it and xanax on a taper recommended on one of the health boards. Much better today, but still have tinnitus. I did a lot of baffling and insane things while on this drug.


    1. Hi Jackie,
      How are doctors so ignorant of the side-effects of this drug? All SSRIs can be extremely dangerous and you’re right, the drug can cause people to be suicidal, manic, homicidal and have extreme personality changes. Unfortunately, the usual response (get out clause) is that the original problem is blamed, not the drug itself!
      SSRIs were sold as being safer than the older type of antidepressants. That is somewhat true, as it’s not as easy to kill yourself through overdosing on SSRIs BUT it is possible and my son, who had a relatively small amount of Citalopram, for a relatively short period (17 days), had a toxic to fatal level in his system when he died. That doesn’t seem like a safe alternative to me, but ignorant doctors and psychiatrists still portray that these drugs are safe.
      I’m so glad that you’re off this drug and are doing well now. Thanks for the comment.

      Ps. In order for people to gain from your experience, if you have the time, would you report your adverse reaction to RxISK?


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