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Life may have been ruined by drug

MagazineJuly 2001 (Vol. 12 Issue 4)Life may have been ruined by drug

I read your Viewpoint about Melleril (WDDTY vol 11 no 12) with interest as I have serious doubts about this drug

I read your Viewpoint about Melleril (WDDTY vol 11 no 12) with interest as I have serious doubts about this drug.

I was friendly with an elderly couple when, five years ago, Tom had a 'turn'; perhaps it was a mini stroke. According to his wife, nothing was done. He had a droopy mouth and a slight weakness down one side. He forgot the occasional thing. The doctor said it was the beginnings of Alzheimer's caused by too much drinking. Over the next year or so, his condition deteriorated in both memory and physical health; then I noticed he had been prescribed Melleril. He wasn't sleeping much, so his dose was increased.

I eventually wrote to a nurse who used to pop in every month or so. I told her of my concerns, taking care not to interfere too much as I am not family. By December 1999, Tom was so ill that a doctor was called. He was rushed into hospital and taken off the drug.

There is so much I could write about this story, but Tom is now dead. But I strongly believe that any remaining quality of life he could have had was destroyed by Melleril. Rose-mary McCarthy, Essex.........

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