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J Clin Psychopharmacol. 1997 Apr;17(2):113-7.

Fluvoxamine and fluoxetine do not interact in the same way with the metabolism of the enantiomers of methadone.

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D├ępartement Universitaire de Psychiatrie Adulte, CH-Prilly-Lausanne, Switzerland.


Six and seven addicts treated with racemic methadone (MTD) were comedicated with fluvoxamine (FLV) and fluoxetine (FLX), respectively. The plasma concentrations of both (R)- (the active enantiomer) and (S)-MTD were increased by FLV, whereas only (R)-MTD concentrations were increased by the addition of FLX. This suggests that cytochrome P450IID6 (CYP2D6), an enzyme that is strongly inhibited by FLX, preferentially metabolizes (R)-MTD, whereas CYP1A2, which is strongly inhibited by FLV, metabolizes both enantiomers. The choice of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor in depressive addicted patients treated with MTD and the possible use of FLX or FLV to potentiate the effects of MTD in some cases of therapeutic failure are discussed.

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