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Prozac 'led to wife's suicide'

Sarah Boseley
Tuesday June 3, 2003
The Guardian

A toxicologist will tell an inquest in Leeds tomorrow that he believes Prozac caused his wife to kill herself.

Alastair Hay, professor of environmental toxicology at Leeds University, will give evidence of the build-up of the antidepressant in his wife, Wendy, who hanged herself in September. She had taken Prozac for five weeks.

Mrs Hay, 52, overcame a first episode of depression. In April 1999, she was prescribed Seroxat - like Prozac, a drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. After a bad reaction, she was given Prozac.

The depression returned last year, and she took Prozac. After her death, Prof Hay found research suggesting a link between SSRIs and suicidal agitation. He believes for some people the standard Prozac dose is too high. Eli Lilly, maker of Prozac, said there was "no credible evidence" Prozac caused suicidal behaviour.

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