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Man slashed wrists on Seroxat

by JAMES TOZER, Daily Mail

 

A coroner has called for Britain's biggest-selling antidepressant to be withdrawn after a retired headmaster who was prescribed the drug was found dead with slashed wrists.

 

Colin Whitfield, 56, died just two weeks after he began taking Seroxat.

 

At his inquest, Brecon Coroner Geraint Williams said he would be writing to Health Secretary Alan Milburn to demand the drug be withdrawn for further safety checks.

 

He said: 'I have grave concerns that this is a dangerous drug that should be withdrawn until at least detailed national studies are undertaken.

 

'I am profoundly disturbed by the effect this drug had on Colin Whitfield. It is quite clear that Seroxat has a profound effect on the thinking process of anyone who takes it.'

 

The inquest heard evidence from Mr Whitfield's wife, Kathryn, that her husband of 30 years was a protective and loving father who had been prescribed Seroxat for anxiety.

 

A fortnight later he locked himself in his garden shed and slit his wrists.

 

Seroxat - also known as the ' antishyness pill' - has overtaken Prozac in popularity since it was licensed in 1990. It was prescribed to 400,000 patients in Britain last year.

 

Some 4,000 users are threatening legal action against makers GlaxoSmithKline saying they suffered unpleasant withdrawal symptoms - including suicidal feelings - after they stopped taking it.

 

The Government announced a review of Seroxat's safety last year but the drug remains available.

 

Mr Whitfield, of Llanfrynach, Powys, was prescribed Seroxat last summer.

 

His widow told the hearing there was nothing to suggest he was suicidal and he had not been suffering from depression.

 

She said she was certain Seroxat was to blame for his death on August 29.

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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If this coroner gets somewhere this is going to be a big deal.

 

For as much as I dislike SSRIs, they absolutely can't abruptly remove them from the market; it is critical that they be phased off and that people already on them not be forced to stop.  The safest way to get them off the market is to simply stop giving them to people who have never taken them before, ie grandfather them out.

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We had a coroners inquest here in Canada into the death of Sara Carlin ...end of the day nothing changed. 

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

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Good point btdt, I probably took the article a bit too seriously.  One coroner won't likely get far in making a change re the drugs. 

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So far the countless death related incidents have not made a dent.. is all I am thinking maybe one day but if the past is any indication of the future then I am not expecting much... this will not change till so much pressure is applied change is forced... that is what I am thinking.  If it were going to happen any other way it would have by now. 

This has been going on for 30 - 40 years already... I checked 

"Prozac was first introduced to the US market in January 1988."

I was wrong almost 30 years... guess I was just lucky getting in on the ground floor I thought it had been longer. 

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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So far the countless death related incidents have not made a dent.. is all I am thinking maybe one day but if the past is any indication of the future then I am not expecting much... this will not change till so much pressure is applied change is forced... that is what I am thinking.  If it were going to happen any other way it would have by now. 

This has been going on for 30 - 40 years already... I checked 

"Prozac was first introduced to the US market in January 1988."

I was wrong almost 30 years... guess I was just lucky getting in on the ground floor I thought it had been longer. 

I totally agree btdt.

 

I think our best bet is to work on preventing people from getting into the psych system because once they do, it is pretty hopeless in my opinion.   Sorry for my negativity but I can't help feeling that way.

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So far the countless death related incidents have not made a dent.. is all I am thinking maybe one day but if the past is any indication of the future then I am not expecting much... this will not change till so much pressure is applied change is forced... that is what I am thinking.  If it were going to happen any other way it would have by now. 

This has been going on for 30 - 40 years already... I checked 

"Prozac was first introduced to the US market in January 1988."

I was wrong almost 30 years... guess I was just lucky getting in on the ground floor I thought it had been longer. 

I totally agree btdt.

 

I think our best bet is to work on preventing people from getting into the psych system because once they do, it is pretty hopeless in my opinion.   Sorry for my negativity but I can't help feeling that way.

 

What negativity... 

I don't see it.. rational... 

we can't help knowing what we know if that leads to negativity it s not always a wrong or a bad things some times it is rational. imho

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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I agree with btdt, comp, I don't think you are being negative.  More like telling it like it is.  I think your reasoning is sound.

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.

 

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