This is the fourth in the series of psychiatric drug medication possibly causing homicide (Precripticide)
Today sees Effexor in the spotlight.
Effexor (Venlafaxine ) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) and is an extremely difficult drug to wean off due to its short half-life.
Links to parts 1,2, and 3 of the homicide series can be seen at the foot of this post.
AERS Case Number 4140388
Homicide by male (age 36) The patient was taking Effexor (dose unknown) beginning sometime in 2005. He shot and killed an unnamed person. (Click on images to enlarge)
The patient is quoted is this report, sent to Medwatch from Effexor manufacturer, Wyeth.
"The patient told police he was mentally ill (mental disorder) and "maybe a demon possessed me". The patient also commented, "I should just kill myself". When asked what happened between him and the driver he replied, "Oh my God, I don't know, it's just a blur".