Burnley man (31) died after taking 360 epilepsy tablets

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A VULNERABLE Burnley man, who downed 360 epilepsy tablets after an argument with his brother, did not intend to take his own life, an inquest found.

Andrew Challender (31), who suffered from mild mental health issues, fell out with his brother over gambling problems which had seen him lose hundreds of pounds.

Mr Challender called 999 on July 25th to say he had ingested the huge amount of pills intentionally, but told paramedics: “I regret it now.”

He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died of multi-organ failure two days later.

A post-mortem found nine times the normal levels of sodium valproate in his system.

The inquest was told Mr Challender, who suffered hydrocephalus, commonly known as water on the brain, had problems mounting up in the weeks before his death.

He had struggled after the death of his mother who was his carer and “rock”.

East Lancashire coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: “He took a very large overdose. There had not been many cases documented with this magnitude of overdose. I am not satisfied this was a deliberate attempt to take his own life.”

He recorded a narrative verdict.