A COMBINATION of anti-depressants contributed to a Wrexham man’s death.
Traces of two sets of medication to treat depression were found to be over the therapeutic level in the body of Lee Edwards, 33.
Mr Edwards, who died at his home on March 4, had been taking medication after separating from his wife.
An inquest at the Guildhall in Wrexham yesterday heard how Mr Edwards, who moved to live with his mother at Hill Court following the separation, was involved in a car accident in 2010.
As a result he suffered from severe back pain and was seen by a doctor hours before he died as part of an ongoing insurance claim.
Mr Edwards’ mother, Wendy Edwards, said the examination took place in his bedroom and afterwards Mr Edwards indicated he would sleep for a while.
Mrs Edwards found her son dead when she went upstairs to give him a drink. There was no response when she attempted to wake him.
Mr Edwards was seen by Dr Neil Edwards, a consultant in pain management, who in a statement said Mr Edwards’ condition became gradually worse following the collision and he was in intense pain.
Dr Edwards added he did not get the impression Mr Edwards was likely to die in the near future.
Following Mr Edwards’ death, a post-mortem examination was carried out by consultant pathologist Dr Pauline Dowling.
Addressing the inquest, Dr Dowling said Mr Edwards had a body mass index of over 30 that put him in the significantly obese category.
Her analysis identified his heart was enlarged, there were signs of hypertensive heart disease and an irregular heart beat had been recorded.
Toxicology reports found traces of anti-depressants that were above the therapeutic level and the combination of the two together contributed to his heart failing but they were not directly responsible.
Dr Dowling added the medication increased the likelihood of Mr Edwards’ heart stopping but his heart could have stopped any time.
Coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins, concluded Mr Edwards’ death was accidental.
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