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Citalopram Inquests

January 17th, 2012 by BOB FIDDAMAN

Two separate inquests in the space of a month have ruled that the popular antidepressant citalopram, marketed as Cipramil in the UK and Celexa in the US, was deemed to be involved in the deaths of a 23 year-old woman and a 40 year-old man.

Both inquests named citalopram as the cause of death.

Katie was discovered dead in the bedroom of her shared student house in Leeds, the following day.

Recording a narrative verdict, West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said: A post mortem examination
shows the cause of death to be citalopram toxicity. [SOURCE]


Mr Boyle was handcuffed and taken from the property, and placed on a stretcher, the inquest heard. The cuffs were then removed.

But he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

His blood alcohol level was four-and-three-quarters the legal driving limit and he had taken anti-depressants.

Home Office pathologist Dr Naomi Carter gave the cause of death as acute alcohol toxicity enhanced by citalopram (an anti-depressant). [SOURCE]

Further reading on the side-effects of citalopram can be read on Leonie Fennell's blog. Her son, Shane, was prescribed citalopram and in the space of a few weeks he, uncharacteristically, lost his mind and killed a young man before killing himself.

Leonie has been at loggerheads with the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, who manufacture citalopram. Last year she, along with her husband Tony, met with Lundbeck officials in Denmark to discuss citalopram side-effects. An audio recording of that meeting can be heard HERE.

Citalopram has also been linked to birth defects which include:

Abdominal Birth Defects / Omphalocele

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Anal atresia (complete or partial closure of the anus)

Cardiac (heart) defects

Cleft lip and cleft palate

Clubfoot (one or both feet turn downward and inward)

Craniosynostosis (skull defect)

Limb Defects

Neural-tube defects (brain and spinal cord, spina bifida)

PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn)

More of which can be read about HERE.




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Wow this is scary. I have been taking citalopram for a year now. The first 11 months were terrible. This however was some what my fault as I wasn't strict in taking them, I would often miss a day of two of my meds. I thought I was going crazy it felt like my head was going to explode. I began to self harm, losing the plot throwing things around in a temper, crying then I would be happy an hour later. I went to my doctors we discussed the importance of taking the meds everyday. The past month I
on 01-18-2012 02:31am by Lizap
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