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Re: Effexor XR/Death by Seizure Disorder

Posted by King Vultan on April 19, 2004, at 19:55:25

In reply to Effexor XR/Death by Seizure Disorder, posted by bethesdabob on April 19, 2004, at 18:50:39

In general, I think there is too much medical malpractice litigation in the country, but your story strikes me as perhaps one in which a legitimate case might be made for poor medical care. It seems to me as though she may have been overmedicated; the 600 mg of Effexor is obviously a very large dose, one over the maximum recommended, and seizures are a side effect associated with overdosages of Effexor.

Beyond that, Effexor also commonly causes high blood pressure and constipation, even at much lower dosages than what your wife was on. Combined with the high dosages of some of the other drugs, such as the Remeron, your wife's case to me appears, at least on the surface, to indicate a tendency towards overmedication. The course of treatment was certainly not a very conservative one, and perhaps not a particularly wise one, as well.

My profound sympathies on your loss.





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