Other prescription drugs linked to suicide


2003: Nick Hirst, student, 18 (Cheshire). Zyban (anti-smoking, aka Bupropion & Wellbutrin, also prescribed for depression). Hanged

2008: Tonia Wilson (Gloucestershire). Overdose of Zyban


champix12008: Omer Jama, media executive, 39 (Bolton). Champix (anti-smoking, aka Chantix & Varenicline). Cut his wrists

2008: Carmel Murray, 33 (West London). Champix. Hanged

2008: Wayne Marshall, welder, 36 (South Yorkshire). Champix. Hanged

2009: Andrew Freeman, waiter, 26 (Blackpool). Champix. Hanged

2009: Lilian Owens, classroom assistant, 44 (Manchester). Champix. Jumped from bridge

2010: Howard Venables, 55 (Blackpool). Champix. Set car on fire and sat in it

2011: Andrew Case, 33 (Hampshire). Champix. Fatally stabbed his wife, smothered their 2 daughters, then hanged himself.


Lariam2003: Vanessa Brunt, student, 22 (Swansea). Lariam (anti-malaria, aka Mefloquine). Overdose of prescribed drugs


roaccutane2004: Chris Ballard, bouncer, kickboxer, 33 (Berkshire). Roaccutane (for acne, aka Isotretinoin). Shot himself

2004: Jon Medland, student, 22 (Manchester). Citalopram & Roaccutane. Hanged

2005: David Roberts, student, 21 (Merseyside). Roaccutane. Hanged

2006: Jason Spiller, 16 (Devon). Roaccutane. Hanged

2006: Richard Donaghy, teacher, 44 (Cambridge). Roaccutane. Drug overdose & alcohol

2007: Adam Long, unemployed, 22 (Wigan). Roaccutane. Struck by train

2009: Angela Lee, 28 (Essex). Roaccutane. Struck by train

2011: Jesse Jones, 24 (Dorset) Roaccutane. Fell from cliff

2012: Melissa Martin-Hughes, student, 18 (Gloucestershire). Roaccutane. Hanged

2013: Robbie Hale, student, 16 (Hampshire). Roaccutane. Hanged

2013: Jack Bowlby, student, 16 (Cheltenham). Roaccutane. Hanged

2013: James Sillcock, businessman, 26 (Kent). Roaccutane. Suffocated himself

2014: Olly Roberts, website designer, 32 (Worcestershire). Roaccutane. Took his life

2015: David Chow, photographer, 38 (Suffolk). Roaccutane. Stabbed himself

2017: Luke Reeves, 21 (Essex). Roaccutane. Took his life


Dianette2014: Jessica Eales, student, 17 (Hampshire). Dianette (for acne, also prescribed as a contraceptive). Hanged


Atenolol12003: Thomas Rayner, technician, 50 (Suffolk). Atenolol (beta-blocker). Hanged


2014: Pasha Clark, student, 16 (Cambridgeshire). Overdose of Propranolol (beta-blocker)

2014: Daniel Collins, 22 (Dorset). Overdose of Propranolol

2015: Cassie Turton, 26 Norfolk). Overdose of Propranolol

2016: Sara Gilks, 32 (West Yorkshire). Overdose of Propranolol

2017: Chrissy Langdon, cleaner, 37 (Southampton). Propranolol. Fell from block of flats

2017: Kate Dolby, 36 (Nottinghamshire). Overdose of Propranolol


Dexamethasone2007: Jay Milne, schoolboy, 16 (Hertfordshire). Dexamethasone (steroid). Struck by car

2013: Joseph Tauya, 55 (Nottingham). Dexamethasone. Jumped from hospital window


2005: Vicky Davis, 15 (Hull).Unnamed meds for ADHD stopped. Hanged

2013: Ashley Banks, schoolboy, 14 (South Yorkshire). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Hanged

2013: Sean Edwards, 16 (Lancashire). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Hanged

2013: [Name & link removed], 18 (Hampshire). Unnamed meds for ADHD stopped. Struck by train

2014: Joshua Maddox, schoolboy, 15 (West Midlands). Unnamed meds for ADHD changed. Hanged

2015: Taylor Smith, schoolboy, 9 (Teesside). Unnamed meds for ADHD increased. Hanged

2016: Harley Tobias, student, 16 (Hertfordshire). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Drove car into camper van

2016: Hannah Armstrong, student, 20 (Bournemouth). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Hanged

2016: Daniel Pinfold, student, 21 (York). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Asphyxiated

2016: Sheldon Woodford, prisoner, 24 (Winchester Prison). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Hanged

2016: Barty Brotherton-Ratcliffe, shopkeeper, 52 (South Wales). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Found in woods

2017: Michael Harm, film locations manager, 51 (London). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Hanged

2017: Jamie Coulthard, 19 (Lancashire). Unnamed meds for ADHD. Hanged


Ritalin32004: Stephen Russell, schoolboy, 15 (Wirral). Ritalin (for ADHD, aka Methylphenidate). Hanged

2005: Scott Buckle, schoolboy, 12 (Swansea). Ritalin. Hanged

2007: Sean Edwards, 16 (Lancashire). Ritalin. Hanged

2008: Michael Morrey, student, 28 (Stoke-on-Trent). Ritalin. Hanged

2009: Jamie Clark, 18 (Staffordshire). Ritalin. Hanged

2010: Harry Hucknell, schoolboy, 10 (Cumbria). Ritalin & Prozac. Hanged

2010: Gwen Morgan, schoolgirl, 16 (South Wales). Ritalin. Hanged

2016: Pierre Gurdal, banker, 42 (London). Ritalin. Jumped from office balcony

2017: Christopher Fairhurst, 26 (Greater Manchester). Ritalin. Alcohol poisoning


Atomoxetine2011: Ben Morris, 20 (Essex). Atomoxetine (for ADHD). Hanged

2015: Paul Mullally, 16 (County Durham). Fluoxetine & Atomoxetine. Hanged

2015: Kelly Button, 17 (Shropshire). Atomoxetine. Set fire to mattress, died in fire


Concerta2015: Matthew Stubbs, prisoner, 36 (Leeds Prison). Concerta (for ADHD). Hanged



2009: Jane Owen, teacher, 38 (Lincolnshire). Librium  (benzodiazepine tranquilliser, aka Chlordiazepoxide). Hanged

2009: Christopher Rathbone, 32 (Wigan). Librium. Hanged

2013: Unnamed man, prisoner (Glen Parva Prison). Librium. Hanged

2016: Michael Cameron, prisoner, 45 (Woodhill Prison). Librium. Hanged


2006: Joanna Smith, dentist, 50 (Gloucestershire). Temazepam (benzodiazepine tranquilliser). Hanged

2007: Shaun Kew, 40 (West Yorkshire). Temazepam. Hanged

2011: Derek Morgan, retired lecturer, 57 (Derbyshire). Temazepam. Drowned in reservoir

2012: Alan Hayes, ex-HGV driver, 65 (Buckinghamshire). Temazepam. Hanged

2014: June Alim, doctor, 53 (Warwickshire).Temazepam. Drowned in bath

2017: Aidan Dickinson, 21 (Tyneside). Temazepam. Drowned in river

2017: Rowland Hilton, 82 (Merseyside). Temazepam. Asphyxiated


Valium2011: Richard Verrells, 53 (Wiltshire). Diazepam (benzodiazepine tranquilliser, aka Valium). Hanged

2013: Sheila Lockhart, racehorse trainer, 64 (Gloucestershire). Overdose of Diazepam

2017: Rafael Ochoa, student, 23 (Oxfordshire). Diazepam. Struck by train

2017: Ryan Whatton, 25 (Greater Manchester). Diazepam. Took his life


2017: Carl Buxton, 19 (Derbyshire). Clonazepam (benzodiazepine tranquilliser, aka Rivotril & Klonopin). Struck by van


2017: Mariana Pinto, spa manager, (East London). Lorazepam (benzodiazepine tranquilliser, aka Ativan).  Jumped from block of flats


2017: Scott Flavill, student, 17 (Essex). Xanax (benzodiazepine tranquilliser, aka Alprazolam). Hanged


2010: Mario Macedo, 21 (Norfolk). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Hanged

2012: Rachel James, 43 (Bedfordshire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Set herself on fire

2013: Karen Archard, 52 (Wiltshire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Set herself on fire

2013: Roy Townsend, 53 (Derbyshire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Jumped from bridge

2014: Matthew Bonner, 36 (Oxfordshire). Overdose of unnamed anti-psychotic

2014: Jason Crisp, 42 (Bedfordshire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Jumped from multi-storey car park

2015: Christa Goredema, 19 (Lancashire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Hanged

2015: Dwayne Harper, 32 (Woodhill Prison). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Hanged

2016: Doris Cranmer, 69 (Hampshire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Drowned in river

2017: David Knight, 29 (Cornwall). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Struck by train

2017: Gavin Bullock, 39 (North Yorkshire). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Hanged

2017: Peter Sherwood, ex-builder, 67 (Essex). Unnamed anti-psychotic. Set himself on fire


2010: Stewart Dawson, 36 (West Yorkshire). Risperidone (anti-psychotic). Jumped from bridge

2010: Craig Heywood, ex-lawyer, 35 (Greater Manchester). Risperidone. Hanged

2011: Benn Joyce, 17 (Cambridgeshire). Risperidone. Hanged

2014: Tim Carter, 41 (Reading). Risperidone. Struck by train

2015: Charlotte Bevan, 30 (Bristol). Risperidone stopped. Jumped from cliff with her baby

2016: Marion Munns, retired nurse, 74 (Southampton). Risperidone stopped. Jumped from motorway bridge

2017: Polly Ross, 32 (Hull). Risperidone. Struck by train

2017: Songul Bozdag, 36 (North London). Risperidone increased. Jumped from block of flats

2017: Derek West, 78 (Oxfordshire). Risperidone increased. Drowned in river


2013: Johnny Reid, student, 20 (Cheshire). Olanzapine (anti-psychotic). Drowned in bath

2013: Christopher Wilson, 25 (Hampshire). Olanzapine. Struck by train

2014: Nicholas Wilkes, chef, 28 (Oxford). Olanzapine. Hanged

2014; Martin Lucas, 51 (Lancashire). Olanzapine. Drowned in sea

2015: David Brewer, 30 (Lancashire). Olanzapine. Stabbed himself

2016: Dominic Travis, 18 (Greater Manchester). Olanzapine. Fell from building

2016: Liam Sullivan, 26 (Southampton). Olanzapine reduced. Hanged

2016: Sean Jackson, prisoner, 26 (Elmley Prison). Olanzapine. Hanged

2017: Lee Hastings-Swain, 28 (Wirral). Olanzapine. Hanged

2017: Pippa McManus, schoolgirl, 15 (Manchester). Olanzapine. Struck by train

2017: Benjamin Fields, 33 (Brighton). Olanzapine. Asphyxiated

2017: Marlon Dermaine, decorator, 50 (Birmingham). Olanzapine increased. Jumped from block of flats

2017: Michael Daniel, 30 (Wirral). Olanzapine. Jumped from motorway bridge


2010: Michael Watson, graphic designer,46 (East Sussex). Overdose of Clozapine (anti-psychotic).

2012: Anthony Jones, 33 (South Wales). Clozapine. Hanged

2013: Peter Shaw, 40 (Lancashire). Overdose of Clozapine

2013: Daniel Choonucksing, 38 (Hampshire). Clozapine reduced. Struck by train

2015: Simon Lowndes, 38 (Stoke-on-Trent). Clozapine. Stabbed himself

2015: Dafydd Parri, 40 (North Wales).Overdose of Clozapine


2008: Melodie Hart, 61 (Berkshire). Quetiapine (anti-psychotic). Struck by train

2013: Nicholas Charrington, ex-teacher, 59 (Reading). Quetiapine. Fell from multi-storey car park

2013: Colin Swan, 50 (Northumberland). Quetiapine. Drove car into bridge

2014: Dean Collins, 21 (West Yorkshire). Overdose of Quetiapine

2010: Lawrence Crabb, 24 (Surrey). Pipotiazine (anti-psychotic, aka Piportil). Stabbed himself


Heminevrin2010: John Williams, ex-carer, 54 (North Devon). Heminevrin (for alcoholism, aka Clomethiazole). Jumped from viaduct

2011: David Donohue, 30 (Manchester). Overdose of Heminevrin


Lithium2006: Ida Winbourne, 69 (East Sussex). Lithium (mood-stabiliser) increased. Struck by train

2013: Ben Squirrel, 26 (Greater Manchester). Lithium. Drove his car into a bus

2014: Huw Davey, vet, 58 (South Wales). Lithium. Shot himself

2014: Peter Evans, 64 (East Sussex). Lithium. Shot himself


2013: Michael Hatcher, forensic technician, 33 (Worcestershire). Gabapentin (neuropathic painkiller, aka Neurontin). Struck by train

2014: Joseph Gwilliam, schoolboy, 15 (Gloucestershire). Gabapentin. Hanged

2014: Thomas Diggle, 92 (Northumberland). Gabapentin. Drowned in river

2015: Julia Kelly, 39 (Northamptonshire). Gabapentin. Took her life

2015: Philip Ingle, plumber, 41 (Anglesey). Gabapentin. Set himself on fire


2016: Gareth Thomas, 37 (South Wales). Overdose of Pregabalin (neuropathic painkiller, aka Lyrica)

2017: Matthew Bates, 21 (Cheshire). Overdose of Pregabalin


Baclofen2013: Anna Sargent, PR executive, 36 (London). Baclofen (muscle relaxant). Drowned in river


Lamictal2014: David Chatburn, 29 (Greater Manchester). Lamotrigine (anti-convulsant, aka Lamictal). Hanged


2012: Brian Charnock, 49 (Bolton). Zopiclone (sedative). Hanged

2013: Jamie Tyer, 32 (South London). Zopiclone. Drowned in river

2013: Mark Whittle, 45 (Greater Manchester). Zopiclone. Shot himself

2015: Wendy Simms, 52 (Cambridgeshire). Zopiclone. Drowned in lake


Finasteride2008: Grant Bull, 31 (Essex). Finasteride (for enlarged prostate / hair loss, aka Propecia). Stabbed himself


2008: John Sheldon, 71 (Lincolnshire). Ebixa (for Alzheimer’s disease, aka Mementine). . Struck by train


2011: Anthony Soh, student, (West London). Modafinil (for narcolepsy, aka Provigil). Drowned in lake

2016: Katie Clack, nursery nurse, 23 (Cambridgeshire). Modafinil. Fell from multi-storey car park


2008: Allan Woolley, teacher, 52 (North London). Zocor (for lowering cholesterol, aka Simvastatin). Struck by train


2017: Charles Rendell, 76 (Reading). Ciprofloxacin (anti-biotic). Hanged



2017: Pablo Cazorla, 45 (Beachy Head). Stribild (for HIV). Jumped from cliff



In 2013, Dr David Healy published a list of “Drugs that can trigger and cause suicide or homicide

Anti-Infectives: Mefloquine [aka Lariam]; Doxycyline [Doryx]; D-cycloserine [Seromycin]; Fluoroquinolones [Levaquin, Cipro]; Oseltamivir [Tamiflu].

Contraceptives: Drospirenone [Yasmin]; Drospirenone [Yaz]; Cyproterone and ethinyl estradiol [Dianette].

Anti-Smoking: Varenicline [Chantix, Champix]; Buproprion [Zyban].

Anti-Asthma: Montelukast [Singulair]; Roflumilast [Daxas]; Zafirlukast [Accolate].

Anti-Acne: Isotretinoin [Roaccutane]; Doxycycline [Doryx].

Antihistamines: Diphenhydramine [Benadryl, Sominex]; Chlorphenamine [Chlortimeton]; Cyproheptadine [Periactin].

Urinary Drugs: Duloxetine [Yentreve]; Tamsulosin [Flomax]; Finasteride [Propecia]; Dutasteride [Avodart].

Anti-Nausea: Prochlorperazine [Stemetil, Compro]; Metoclopramide [Maxolon, Reglan].

Antihypertensives: Clonidine [Catapres]; Doxazosin [Cardura]; Guanabenz [Wytensin]; Guanfacine [Tenex]; Hydralazine [Apresoline]; Methyldopa [Aldomet, Aldoril, Dopamet]; Prazosin [Minipress].

Statins: Atorvastatin [Lipitor]; Fluvastatin [Lescol]; Lovastatin [Mevacor]; Mevastatin [Compactin]; Pravastatin [Pravachol]; Rosuvastatin [Crestor]; Simvastatin [Zocor].

Stimulants: Methylphenidate [Ritalin, Focalin, Metadate, Concerta]; Amphetamine [Dexedrine, Adderall, Vyvanse].

Benzodiazepines: Lorazepam [Ativan]; Diazepam [Valium]; Alprazolam [Xanax]; Chlordiazepoxide [Librium]; Bromazepam [Lexotan]; Oxazepam [Serenid, Serax]; Cloabazam [Frisium]; Medazepam [Nobrium]; Clorazepate [Tranxene]; Clonazepam [Klonopin].

Antidepressants: Citalopram [Cipramil, Celexa]; Escitalopram [Cipralex, Lexapro]; Duloxetine [Cymbalta]; Fluvoxamine [Luvox, Faverin]; Fluoxetine [Prozac]; Paroxetine [Paxil, Seroxat, Deroxat, Aropax]; Sertraline [Zoloft]; Venlafaxine [Effexor]; Desvenlafaxine [Pristiq]; Mirtazapine [Remeron]; Trazodone [Desyrel]; Buproprion [Wellbutrin, Zyban]; Amitriptyline [Tryptizol, Elavil]; Imipramine [Tofranil]; Nortriptyline [Allegron, Aventyl]; Desipramine [Pertrofran, Norpramin]; Clomipramine [Anafranil]; Dosulepin [Prothiaden]; Lofepramine [Gamanil]; Doxepin [Sinequan]; Trimipramine [Surmontil].

Anticonvulsants: Phenytoin [Epanutin]; Sodium Valproate [Epilim, Depakene]; Divalproex [Depakote]; Carbamazepine [Tegretol]; Oxcarbazapine [Trileptal]; Lamotrigine [Lamictal]; Gabapentin [Neurontin]; Pregabalin [Lyrica]; Leviracetam [Keppra]; Topiramate [Topamax]; Tiagabine [Gabitril]; Felbamate [Felbatol].

Antipsychotics: Chlorpromazine [Thorazine, Largactil]; Perphenazine [Fentazine]; Trifluoperazine [Stelazine]; Haloperidol [Haldol]; Flupenthixol [Fluanxol]; Pericyazine [Neulactil]; Sulpiride [Sulpitil]; Molindone [Moban]; Aripiprazole [Abilify]; Olanzapine [Zyprexa]; Risperidone [Riserpdal]; Ziprasidone [Geodon]; Quetiapine [Seroquel]; Paliperidone [Invega]; Zotepine [Zoleptil]; Iloperidone [Fanapt]; Amisulpiride [Solian]; Tetrabenazine [Xenazine].