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Letters to the Editor

Fluoxetine-Induced Akathisia Does Not Reappear After Switch to Paroxetine

Michael Bauer, Rainer Hellweg, and Andreas Baumgartner

Published: December 15, 1996

Article Abstract

Letter to the Editor

Sir: The serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),
such as fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine, have been repeatedly
reported to produce akathisia that responded well to
treatment with the ß-adrenergic antagonist propranolol, dose reduction,
or both. We report two cases of patients with refractory
major depression who suffered from severe fluoxetine-induced
akathisia that disappeared completely after fluoxetine withdrawal
and did not reappear after administration of an equivalent
dose of paroxetine, another SSRI antidepressant.

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