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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Official: Prozac responsible for death of Toran Henry - errrrr actually he was DRUNK

The question is controversial. The consensus in New Zealand, and the advice from Medsafe, is there is "diminished but persisting increased risk of self-harm, hospitalisations, but not suicide, in patients prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)" - the class of drugs which includes Prozac.

What can't be ignored, however, is special blood tests ordered after Toran's autopsy found fluoxetine at the low end of therapeutic levels. He also had a blood alcohol level of 148 milligrams per 100 millilitres.

Toran's mother is adamant Toran was caught in the grip of a medication induced "activation syndrome" - a cluster of symptoms including irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, impulsiveness and mood swings - that have been linked to an increased risk of suicide.

source -
NZ -  Alcohol and drugs limits

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