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J Clin Psychiatry. 2001 Jan;62(1):30-3.

Antidepressant-associated mania and psychosis resulting in psychiatric admissions.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, Conn 06519, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The safety and tolerability of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and the newer atypical agents have led to a significant increase in antidepressant use. These changes raise concern as to the likelihood of a corresponding increase in adverse behavioral reactions attributable to these drugs.

METHOD:

All admissions to a university-based general hospital psychiatric unit during a 14-month period were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Forty-three (8.1%) of 533 patients were found to have been admitted owing to antidepressant-associated mania or psychosis.

CONCLUSION:

Despite the positive changes in the side effect profile of antidepressant drugs, the rate of admissions due to antidepressant-associated adverse behavioral effects remains significant.

PMID:
11235925
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