Lubitz 'on highest dose of Mirtazapine'

Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who killed 149 people when he flew a plane into a French mountainside, was taking Mirtazapine at the time of his death, French investigators have revealed.

Regular visitors to this and other websites that warn of the dangers of antidepressants will have come across Mirtazapine before. The NaSSA antidepressant is sold as Remeron in the USA and, like most antidepressants, is associated with causing suicidal and/or violent impulses in some patients.

As usual, however, the focus of investigations into the Germanwings murder–suicide has been on Lubitz’s depression and not the role of the antidepressants he was taking. And it’s not the first time Mirtazapine has been linked to a murder–suicide. Dellwyn Jones stabbed his ex-girlfriend in East Sussex in 2003 while taking the drug and Darren Weatherley stabbed his mother in Norfolk in 2010, to name but two Mirtazapine-inspired homicides.

In an email from Lubitz to his doctor, published by German newspaper
Bild, the pilot said he was taking the highest dose of Mirtazapine and admitted that it was making him restless.

On 24 March 2015, Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane in the French Alps on a flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. He had waited until his colleague, the more senior pilot on the flight, had left the cockpit to go to the toilet, before locking the cockpit door and bringing down the Airbus A320.

Sadly, it seems that even the murder of 149 people cannot provoke the medical community into pausing in their relentless prescribing of antidepressants to individuals who would be so much better off without them.

Katie Silvester
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