Co-proxamol and suicide

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.287 (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:287

Licence needs to be changed

  1. D N Bateman, reader in clinical pharmacology (nick.bateman@luht.scot.nhs.uk),
  2. R Afshari, postgraduate fellow
  1. Scottish Poisons Information Bureau, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4SA

    EDITOR—We agree with Hawton et al that co-proxamol presents a major overdose hazard, their results illustrating the difficulties for licensing authorities in limiting availability of prescription medicines that are only hazardous in overdose.1

    Co-proxamol is more likely to result in death; it causes prolongation …

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