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Increasing awareness of the risk of death from a propanolol overdose

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  • A coroner investigated the case of a patient who died following a large overdose of propranolol tablets.

  • The coroner expressed concern that there was a lack of awareness of the risk of death from a propranolol overdose.

  • NHS England has been asked to take action to prevent further deaths from propranolol overdoses.

A recently published coroner’s report has highlighted concerns that there may be a lack of awareness over the risks associated with an overdose of propranolol.1


A patient who had a history of mental illness was prescribed an antidepressant for anxiety and to help with sleep.1 He also had a history of suicidal ideation and had made previous suicide attempts. After he was discharged from the community mental health team, he consulted his general practitioner (GP) about symptoms of anxiety and physical symptoms including …

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