When Mary R. Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., committed suicide last May, initial speculation centered around the possible contribution of alcohol to her actions. However, toxicology shows no alcohol was in her body at the time. Rather, traces of the antidepressants trazodone, desmethylvenlafaxine and venlafaxine (Effexor) were present. “Even at standard doses, venlafaxine alone has been shown in at least three independent international studies to significantly increase the risk of suicide,” says one emeritus Yale professor, quoted in U.S. News.
Mary Kennedy Toxicology Details Shed New Light on Suicide: Anti-Depressant Drug Could Have Triggered Suicidal Thoughts
Family question if antidepressants led to Mary Richardson Kennedy’s suicide