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Letter to the Editor

Remarkable Antidepressant Augmentation Effect of Raloxifene, a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator, in a Partial Responder to Fluvoxamine: A Case Report

Nobuhiro Sugiyama, MD, PhD; Daimei Sasayama, MD; and Naoji Amano, MD, PhD

Published: April 16, 2007

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Sir: Although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have a relatively low occurrence of adverse events, some patients cannot tolerate certain adverse reactions to SSRIs, such as nausea and dizziness. In these situations, patients often undergo a protracted course of depression because an effective dose cannot be administrated. We report a recent case of major depressive disorder in which the administration of raloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), in addition to a prior small dose of fluvoxamine, resulted in a remarkable improvement leading to a complete remission of depressive symptoms.’ ‹

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