Gareth Naughton writes for the Irish Examiner:
The mother of a 14-year-old boy who took his own life told his inquest that she would never have agreed to him taking Prozac if she had known the side-effects.
Stephanie McGill-Lynch was giving evidence at the Dublin Coroner’s Court inquest into the death of Jake McGill-Lynch of Woodford Terrace, Clondalkin, who died at Tallaght Hospital on March 20 last year as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Jake was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in early 2012 and suffered from anxiety issues. He had been seeing a psychologist at Clondalkin Linn Dara Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and was referred to a psychiatrist in January 2013, over concerns his anxiety was increasing due to his upcoming Junior Certificate.
The inquest heard that consultant child psychiatrist Dr Maria Migone prescribed Prozac to help with the anxiety.
Ms McGill-Lynch said she and her husband were not informed that side-effects of Prozac include an increase in suicidal ideation. When they collected the prescription, no patient information leaflet was included. She said that in the US, Prozac carries a “black label” warning that it should be given to under-18s who have experienced anxiety problems only after all other avenues are exhausted…
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