Hi, My name is Stephanie, proud mother of Jake (14) whose beautiful life was ended violently (self-inflicted gunshot) after 46 days on Prozac, on 31st Jan 2013. Jake was given this drug for exam anxiety!! Jake had Aspergers, a condition not an illness. He did not have depression nor did he have any other disorder.
Jake was living an ordinary 14 year old's life until Prozac came into our world. We as Jake's parents were never told what this drug was, we were never given an information leaflet and I never signed a consent form...If only...
Here in Ireland they got around the guidelines for prescribing Jake by using off-label prescribing. Wow, was this an eye opener, how is this even legal?
We had a .22 rifle in our home due to us being members of a gun club, and this was known to the prescriber.
Jake had his first reaction after six days, first meltdown and walked out of an exam halfway through. We just thought the exams were the cause, never associated the meds until it was too late.
Jake's dosage was doubled after seven days without being monitored, he was seen again 19 days after starting Prozac, I told about what was happening, "this will wear off in 4-6 weeks", I was told, I trusted.
19th March 2013. Jake used the gun on himself in his bedroom, we his parents were downstairs, we got Jake to hospital, he was taken to operating theatre, Jake could not be saved, he bled to death... we turned his life support off... 20th March 2013.
We have fought and fought for the truth at Jake's inquest, the HSE fought us hard, in the end the coroner rejected a suicide verdict and recorded an open verdict based on an email Jake wrote 24hrs before he passed away, he wrote "I feel drugged out of my mind". He was 14.
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14 year old Jake killed himself after taking Prozac