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J Orofac Pain. 2001 Fall;15(4):340-6.

Reports of SSRI-associated bruxism in the family physician's office.

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Department of Oral Function, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Louwesweg 1, 1066 EA Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



Recently, the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has been associated with the occurrence or worsening of bruxism. The aim of this study was to obtain a first indication of the prevalence of SSRI-associated bruxism reported to family physicians, the main prescribers of SSRIs.


A questionnaire, with questions about prescription rate, already registered adverse reactions, and bruxism-related side effects of 4 different types of SSRIs, was sent to all family physicians in greater Amsterdam (n = 391).


With a response rate of 42.5%, frequent observations of already registered side effects were found. In addition, 5 family physicians (3.2%) reported the occurrence of bruxism in relation to the use of SSRIs.


The use of SSRIs might be associated with the occurrence of bruxism. A case report is provided that corroborates this suggestion.

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