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Suicides involving co-proxamol fell dramatically after withdrawal in UK

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3255 (Published 09 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3255
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The withdrawal of the analgesic co-proxamol in the United Kingdom in 2005 has led to a dramatic reduction in the numbers of suicides and accidental poisonings involving the drug, without an increase in deaths involving other analgesics, a study has found.

In the six years from 2005 there were 600 fewer suicides and cases of accidental poisoning in England and Wales involving co-proxamol than would have been expected had the drug still been available.1 On average …

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