Failure to discontinue Carbamazepine – £60,000

Miss Harris was suffering from depression and was prescribed Amitriptyline, Carbamazepine and Lithium by her psychiatrist. After commencing the medication she began to suffer from flu-like symptoms, weight-gain, a dry throat and vomiting and her treating psychiatrist advised her to discontinue the Amitriptyline. Her symptoms continued and she was subsequently diagnosed as having had an adverse reaction to the Carbamazepine, which had caused permanent damage to her oesophagus.

We pursued a claim against the psychiatrist for failing to advise Miss Harris to discontinue use of Carbamazepine. Had he done so when she had initially complained of symptoms, she would have not have suffered any permanent injury.

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