Our prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States and Europe. Around half of those who die have taken their drugs correctly; the other half die because of errors, such as too high a dose or use of a drug despite contraindications. Our drug agencies are not particularly helpful, as they rely on fake fixes, which are a long list of warnings, precautions, and contraindications for each drug, although they know that no doctor can possibly master all of these – Peter C. Gøtzsche.
My son Shane was 22 when he died – 17 days after being prescribed the SSRI citalopram for a ‘relationship break-up’. This off-label prescribing of mind-altering SSRI antidepressants is common practice, globally – despite the U.S. and European warnings of increased suicidality and agression. Indeed, this year in Dolin v GSK (2017), it emerged that paroxetine (branded as Paxil and Seroxat) increases the risk of suicide by a massive 8.9%. For a comprenhensive list of all SSRI and SNRI antidepressants, see SSRI Stories here. An account of Shane’s case can be viewed here by 1boringoldman (retired psychiatrist Micky Nardo) and on Dr David Healy’s site here. For any family who finds themselves in a similar situation to ours, I am truly sorry – the following reports and papers might be of help to you. The links below detail what we have done since Shane’s death and what we have learned since. For comprehensive information on any medication, click on the RxISK picture below or use the search tool on the right.
For anyone contemplating going on antidepressant medication, please inform yourself first of the risks. These drugs are far from harmless, yet are handed out seemingly with wild abandon. The black-box and EU warnings that attach to these drugs are there precisely because they are dangerous. Making an informed decision was a luxury which we as a family never had; hence Shane is dead. If a doctor or psychiatrist says that SSRIs are harmless; ignore them, he/she is an idiot. Don’t let yourself or a family member add to the vast collateral damage that is associated with these drugs. I hope the following can help:
Professor Healy’s Report March 2010 – for Shane’s Inquest.
FDA Antidepressant Guide; Here
EU Warning; Here
EU Warning upped to 25; Here
Example Black Box warning; Here
Irish Psychiatry and the ‘Shane Clancy Affair’. Here.
Our meeting with the drug company (Lundbeck). Link.
The Dáil; Here
The Seanad (Senate); Here
Leinster House with the experts; Here
IHRC Recommendations; Here
Withdrawal guide – Healy_Withdrawal_July_09[1
Medical Council Complaint- Link.
2. ‘Suicidality, Violence and Mania Caused by SSRIs; Dr Peter R Breggin here.
3. Drugs associated with violence. Here.
4. The Systemic Correlation Between Psychiatric Medications and Unprovoked Mass Murder in America. Jeanne M. Stolzer Here.
5. Case Histories As Evidence. David Healy et al. Here.
6. SSRIs and Involuntary Intoxication Defense. Wade C. Myers et al. Here.
7. Fort Hood Shooters. Donald J Farber, Attorney at Law. Here.
8. Prescribed drugs and violence: a case/noncase study in the French PharmacoVigilance Database. Rouve et al. Here.
9. Antidepressant-induced akathisia-related homicides associated with diminishing mutations in metabolizing genes of the CYP450 family. Lucire et al. Here.
10. Precursors to suicidality and violence on antidepressants: systematic review of trials in adult healthy volunteers. Bielefeldt et al. Here.
11. Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review and meta-analyses based on clinical study reports. Sharma et al. Here.
12. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors versus placebo in patients with major depressive disorder. A systematic review with meta-analysis and Trial Sequential Analysis. Jakobsen et al. Here.
13. Antidepressants and suicide among young women in Sweden 1999–2013. Janne Larsson. Here.