Two Inquests this month concerned two young women who were both suffering from anorexia. Both had been prescribed Citalopram shortly before their death.
An inquest at Southwark Coroner’s Court yesterday dealt with a paediatrician, Dr Melanie Spooner, 30. Dr Spooner had battled an eating disorder since the age of 13. She was found dead by her parents in her London flat on September 25 2011, after suffering heart failure. “Sudden cardiac deaths are recognised in anorexia, so I think that’s the most likely cause of her death,” said pathologist Dr Peter Jerreat.
A report from her GP surgery said she had been prescribed citalopram, an anti-depressant, shortly before her death.
Did anyone acknowledge or voice concerns that Citalopram has recently been found to cause sudden cardiac deaths? Citalopram heart risk.
According to the FDA, Celexa “can cause abnormal changes to the electrical activity of the heart.” These changes, known as prolongation of the QT interval, can lead to fatal changes in the heart’s rhythm. Link.
At another Inquest this month, Katie Lumb, 23, a promising medical student who also battled with an eating disorder, died when her severely-emaciated body failed to cope with anti-depressants prescribed by her GP mother. Recording a narrative verdict, West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said: ‘A post mortem examination shows the cause of death to be citalopram toxicity. Link.
How many more deaths will occur before the IMB or the EMA will do their job?