Seroxat, Alcohol And Violence…

Seroxat and alcohol are a dangerous combination…


“The combination of alcohol and Seroxat resulted in him behaving in this totally uncharacteristic fashion. He has no recollection of it.”


Lucky to be alive: Teenager was stabbed, choked, battered and pushed in bath water by partner

The 18-year-old was dealing with the tragic loss of her unborn baby when her boyfriend launched a ferocious attack after they had been to a funeral


Aiden O'Brien, jailed for seven years for wounding with intent on his girlfriend
Aiden O’Brien, jailed for seven years for wounding with intent on his girlfriend

Stabbed, choked, battered and pushed into bath water, a teenager is lucky to be alive after a savage attack at the hands of her boyfriend.

Chloe Hogarth was mourning the tragic loss of her unborn baby along with partner, Aiden O’Brien, and they had been to a funeral on the day of the attack.

After drinking vodka despite being on strong medication, O’Brien suddenly turned nasty when they returned home and launched a ferocious, unprovoked attack.

A court heard he grabbed Chloe’s throat so hard she couldn’t breathe, banged her head off the floor and walls, pushed her under water in the bath, punched and kicked her, stotted her head off hard objects, swiped across her throat with a knife then stuck it into her abdomen as he strangled her and said “You are going to die”.

The petrified 18-year-old suffered multiple injuries, had to be resuscitated and needed emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder and a doctor said if the blade had been just 1cm away from where it was, or had been at a slightly different angle, there would have been a significant risk of death.

Such was the severity of the attack, O’Brien’s own dog went for him during the onslaught.

Now the 25-year-old has been jailed for seven years at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted wounding with intent.

Mr Recorder Wheeler told him: “This was an extremely violent and nasty assault.

“The injuries could easily have been life-threatening, if not life-ending.

“It was more by good luck than anything that the knife stopped where it did rather than somewhere else where it would have resulted in the end of her life.

“In my view there was no doubt in her mind she thought she was going to die that day.”

The court heard the attack happened on March 23 this year.

Prosecutor David Crook said: “There had been a funeral and the defendant was with his 18-year-old partner, who was equally grieving.”

They returned to the home in Bedlington, Northumberland, where they were living, along with O’Brien’s mother.

After having a bath, O’Brien then began making unpleasant remarks about Chloe’s family and she told him to stop being nasty.

Mr Crook said: “That brought about an attack by the defendant.

“He grabbed her by the throat and began to choke her to the point she couldn’t breathe and he banged her head off the floor and walls.

“He dragged her to the bathroom and the bath water was still in there. He pushed her into that bath and tried to push her under the water and she was struggling to keep her head out of the water.

“He then hit her head against the toilet and sink.”

The attack then moved to the kitchen, where it continued.

Mr Crook said: “He punched and kicked her and hit her head off the bench in the kitchen.

“At one point the defendant’s dog was so distressed, the dog went for the defendant.”

Chloe managed to run out of the house but he chased her down and continued the attack in the garden, repeatedly banging her head off the concrete.

She grabbed him between the legs in a valiant attempt to get away and ran towards a local church.

Mr Crook said: “He caught up and grabbed her round the throat, then held a knife to her throat and swiped it back and forward across her throat.

“He then stabbed her to the abdomen and began to strangle her again, said ‘You are going to die’, and threatened to blind her with ammonia and make her drink it.”

By now badly injured and bloodied, Chloe bravely managed to grab him between the legs again and got away.

She collapsed and was taken to hospital, where she was resuscitated and found to have various injuries, the most serious being a perforated gallbladder, which had to be removed.

Mr Crook said: “The doctor said it was 1cm away from a significant risk of mortality.

“This could easily have been a fatal injury had it been more forceful or at a slighly different angle.”

O’Brien, of King’s Road, Bedlington, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and an unrelated affray from January.

He was jailed for seven years and given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Chloe.

Tom Finch, defending, said the pair had enjoyed a good relationship before the attack and told how Chloe had to have a termination on Boxing Day last year.

Mr Finch said: “That was a termination that both parents agreed should take place, not least because of the significant problems with the pregnancy and the fact the child, were it to have gone full term, would have been very very seriously disabled.

“The fact that within weeks of the termination, this man tried to take his own life with an overdose, puts very much into the picture the vulnerable state he was in.

At this time the defendant was on two forms of medication.

“After the funeral he and his girlfriend were both drinking and had drank to excess and that resulted in him behaving in a wholly uncharacteristic manner.

“The combination of alcohol and Seroxat resulted in him behaving in this totally uncharacteristic fashion. He has no recollection of it.”




  1. Nick

    I have to agree, even drinking a little bit made me feel and do weird things on Paroxetine. It does clearly say though to avoid it.

    Drinking on venlafaxine also gives nasty effects.

    They need to change the wording on the patient information leaflets from avoid alcohol to do not drink alcohol or severe side effects may occur when drinking alcohol.

    Also pseudoephedrine in Sudafed and phenylephrine in lemsip which I took for blocked sinuses caused serious problems and both should be avoided.

    My doctor said taking anti-depressants at night is not very good, they can keep you awake and I think all the bizarre behaviour you’ve mentioned could be caused by lack of sleep together with alcohol and banned drugs.

    • truthman30

      Hi Nick..

      Do you think the average person reads the PILs of any of the drugs that they take?
      And even if they do- do you think that they take heed of them- or even understand the side effects? such as the dangers of mixing Seroxat and alcohol?
      When I was prescribed Seroxat, there wasn’t even proper warnings Nick, so what are all the people, like me- who had lives ruined because they weren’t originally warned of these dangers of these drugs back in the 90’s or 2000’s?- what are they supposed to do if they lost friends, their jobs, relationships etc, or ended up in prison from Seroxat induced rage or violence?
      What are these people supposed to do? The warnings came too late for these people didn’t it? There’s no point in warning someone about a dangerous substance after they ingest is there?
      And yes, as you say, even a little drinking of alcohol can send you nutty on Seroxat, and make you do weird things, so do you think most people- even now- heed the warnings, or even understand them? Do you think the warnings are clear and loud enough even now? I don’t…

  2. Nick

    Yes your very right and for a change im actually agreeing with you, what I was referring to is, the warning should be in bold writing on the front similar to Nuerofen plus that states 3 day use or may become addictive due to the Codeine in it or like the warnings on cigarette packets.

    Most people don’t read the leaflets and they should make them easier on the eye.

    From my experience no level of alcohol is really suitable with any medication, particularly paracetamol.

    There are a number of medications which should have bold warnings on the packs, such as Lemsip and other similar remedies, they should really state avoid other paracetamol products and the alcohol warning, many people have died through accidentally taking an overdose of paracetamol.

    Paracetamol is a scary one, some people only need to take one extra pill too many and they could end up seriously ill, it also stores in your body for a period of time and i don’t know why the NHS uses this as first choice. Its good for temperatures, pretty useless for everything else.

    But back to the topic, they really need to include better visible warnings and maybe I could write to Department of Health to see what they say.

    I don’t understand why they don’t include these warnings in bold, its not as if they will lose money over telling people not to drink. Reckitt Benkiser voluntarily put the warnings in bold whereas the generic brands and GSK’s Panadol ultra only put it in the leaflet.

    But I whole heartedly agree with your comments here and I’m happy that you’ve brought this up.

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