A Xanax prescription may be dangerous if not taken properly or adequately
overseen by a medical professional. From mood swings and confusion to
hallucinations and suicidal thoughts, the drug can have varied and potentially
serious and life-threatening consequences.

While a report in
Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry notes that 71.9 percent of patients prescribed alprazolam (of which Xanax
is a brand name) see an improvement in their depression and suicidal ideation,
it may be possible for the drug to contribute to thoughts of suicide in
some patients.

The report describes one such case in which a woman who’d never thought
about killing herself began considering it. The case report found “high
probability … that alprazolam contributed to the emergence of suicidal
thoughts in this patient.”

If you believe a loved one killed him- or herself as a result of taking
Xanax, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim, depending on the
following factors.

  • Dosage errors – The drug is prescribed in highly sensitive situations, such as
    when a patient suffers from extreme anxiety, depression, or suicidal ideation.
    If a doctor prescribes the wrong dose, his or her mistake could worsen
    the patient’s symptoms. If a patient commits suicide while taking
    the drug, and a medical expert determines that the dose was insufficient
    or excessive, this may be considered grounds for a
    prescription error claim.
  • The care provided to the patient – As Xanax is prescribed in serious instances, it is important that
    doctors educate the patient about potential adverse side effects and conduct
    regular reassessments to ensure the medication is working as intended.
    A doctor’s failure to provide proper oversight could constitute
    negligence.
  • The patient’s mental health – If, like the woman in the study mentioned earlier, the patient
    never considered suicide in the past, then it may be inferred that the
    drug contributed to a worsening of his or her condition. If, however,
    the patient had a long history of suicidal thoughts, it may be difficult
    to prove that the drug
    played a role in his or her death.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

If your loved one committed suicide while taking Xanax, you may be able
to file a wrongful death claim and pursue compensation for pain and suffering
as well as costs you’ve incurred, such as:

  • medical bills;
  • lost income;
  • funeral and burial expenses; and
  • punitive damages.

If you think this drug contributed to your loved one’s suicide,
contact our dangerous drug attorneys today for a free consultation.