Archive for Falls/Loss of balance

Frank Sinatra’s manager: Meds to blame for failing health — (Fox News)
SSRI Ed note: Singer taking Elavil [amitriptyline] is paranoid, unhappy, anxious, loses memory and coordination. No apparent positive effects.
Police: ‘Very lackadaisical’ driver charged in fatal crash had double dose of antidepressant in system — (The News Tribune)
SSRI Ed note: Woman, 73, on antidepressants causes fatal crash, appears unconcerned.
Kent man faces vehicular homicide charge in October death of SeaTac woman — (Kent Reporter)
SSRI Ed note: Man's driving is impaired by Prozac, he runs red light and kills another driver.
Questions remain for family following Presteigne ‘murder’ inquest — (The Brecon & Radnor Express)
SSRI Ed note: Man drinks, takes potentially fatal dose of Prozac, is found in a field with a head injury, later dies in hospital.
Missouri Court of Appeals Decision re: Troy Marlin — (Missouri Court of Appeals Western District)
Drink-drive mum crashes car with her three kids on board on way home from family wedding — (Manchester Evening News)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Seroquel for postpartum depression takes baby to park, drinks, becomes severely intoxicated, loses custody of son.
STATE of New Jersey v. Baum — (Leagle)
Sharon woman charged with motor vehicle homicide under the influence of alcohol after pregnant mom killed in pedestrian accident — (The Enterprise)
Wilsden woman with severe back pain 'took accidental overdose' — (Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
Children’s deaths shattered family — (Edmonton Sun) Allyson McConnell, Alberta Mother Who Drowned Sons In Bathtub, Sentenced To Six Years For Manslaughter — (Associated Press)
SSRI Ed note: Mum on antidepressant drowns her sons, returns home to Australia and kills herself there.
Antidepressants for dementia patients linked to frequent falling — (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated — (ProPublica)
Prozac 'increases risk of death in over-65s': Regular users have greater chance of developing serious health problems — (Daily Mail)
Antidepressant Risk for Seniors Varies by Class — (MedPage)
Richard Morrison Convicted Of Murder — (WCTV)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Prozac stabs herself, boyfriend convicted of murder
Urgent Warnings Released on Antidepressants and Zyvox Antibiotic, Methylene Blue — (
Police: Man who fired at TV crew took prescription drugs, had slurred speech— (Las Vegas Sun)
Child put in danger by drunken Worcestershire psychic — (Worcester News)
Hallucinations in Hospital Pose Risk to Elderly — (The New York Times)
School bus driver charged Police say Coal Township woman DUI in May 19 crash — (
Top cop breaks down in tears after admitting spitting beer at partner at school quiz night—(Comet 24)
Fractures, Hyponatremia Linked [to SSRI use] in the Elderly — (Renal and Urology News)
SSRI Ed note: Lenox Hill Hospital research team finds that elderly patients taking SSRIs more likely to suffer from hyponatremia, associated with numerous health problems.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology — (Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology)
SSRI Ed note: Child given Ritalin, clonidine and Prozac experiences horrible side effects over 10 months, "expires", cytochrome P450 CYP2D (gene) defect discovered.
Woman claims doctor’s alleged negligence caused husband’s suicide — (The St Clair Record)
SSRI Ed note: Man anxious over PSA test, 2nd test OK, doc puts him on Celexa anyway, anxiety continues, he suffers falls, it is stopped, he dies by suicide. Widow sues.
Falls, depression and antidepressants in later life — (Eureka Alert)
SSRI Ed note: Researchers find that seniors on antidepressants fall more frequently than unmedicated people.
Older motorists under influence of drugs — (The Age)
SSRI Ed note: Australia discovers that older people on psych meds are a road hazard due to drowsiness, blackouts, seizures, confusion.
Quick Thinking Camera Operator Nabs Gun Man — (This is South Devon)
SSRI Ed note: Man on antidepressants drinks cider, takes air pistol into pub, accosted for shooting.
Assault charge thrusts Ch. 7 chief into the news; Allegedly unruly, fought arrest — (The Boston Globe)
SSRI Ed note: "Tough", "consummate professional" news Chief takes Lexapro, drinks, becomes disorderly, disruptive, resists arrest.
Man allegedly flips car twice, drives away — (The Bennington Banner)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Paxil, Klonipin drinks, drives, has accident is charged for third incident of reckless driving.
Doctors Fail to Recognize Life-Threatening Serotonin Syndrome — (Cure Zone)
SSRI Ed note: Girl, 4, heavily medicated with psychoactive drugs since 2 1/2, dies of seratonin syndrome.
Student to be mentally evaluated — (IOL)
SSRI Ed note: Young man on antidepressants shoots and kills parents and himself in murder-suicide attempt. He survives. Medication stopped. Psych assessment ordered.
Trial continues in Taser case — (Centre Daily Times)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on several medications including antidepressants fights officers trying to subdue her, they taser her 4 times.
Final Duke Rape Report Issued — (The Smoking Gun)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on Methadone, Paxil and Ambien invents the story that she was raped by 3 members of Duke lacrosse team. Her credibility is destroyed in report.
 ‘She didn’t deserve that’ — (Winnipeg Free Press)
SSRI Ed note: Woman, non-drinker on 4 psych meds for bipolar seems drunk, police take her to a de-tox centre where whe dies, probably of setatonin syndrome.
Mixing alcohol and pills is dangerous — (Newsday)
SSRI Ed note: THe Graedons warn that mixing bupropion and escitalopram with booze could be fatal.
Police Log November 28 2006 Shopping daze — (The Concord Monitor)
SSRI Ed note: Teen taking Lexapro, Prozac and Elavil, in a daze, openly takes items in Walmart. Apprehended, she is taken to hospital.
Psychiatrist ‘inherited £1.5m after giving drugs to millionairess’ — (The Daily Mail)
SSRI Ed note: Psychiatrist prescribes "hazardous" doses of tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants, she changes her will in his favour, dies from a fall.
Misdemeanor charges filed in bus stop deaths — (Las Vegas Sun)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on high levels of Xanax behaves recklessly, causes fatal crawsh.
ESSAY: Curing and Killing: The Perils of a Growing Medicine Cabinet — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Elavil combined with Prozac causes fall, broken ribs
Family seek justice — (The Southern Daily Echo)
HORSE RACING; Antley’s Death Is Ruled an Accident — (The New York Times)
SSRI Ed note: Talented jockey takes Paxil, other meds, becomes impaired, "delusional", has mood swings, loses judgement, gets into trouble, dies from drug effects.
Girl says Koskovich seemed ‘wrecked’ night of killings — (The Star-Ledger)
SSRI Ed note: Man stoned on Prozac, street drugs shoots, kills 2 pizzeria employees, "breezily confesses to slayings" when arrested. "Glassy eyes", no emotion.
Unhappy Prozac Customer – Speeding Cost Woman Funds, Night In Jail — (Daily News of Los Angeles)
SSRI Ed note: Woman fined for speeding, believes Prozac and another med impaired her diring.