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Psychopharmacol Bull. 1992;28(3):253-6.

Are patients who are intolerant to one SSRI intolerant to another?

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Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI.


One hundred patients with major depression who had discontinued fluoxetine because of side effects were enrolled in a multicenter, open, 8-week study of sertraline. After a washout period of at least 3 weeks following fluoxetine discontinuation and an additional 1-week, single-blind, placebo washout period, patients began treatment with 50 mg sertraline once daily. Based on the clinician's judgment of patient response, doses were titrated upward if necessary. The maximum daily dose of sertraline was 200 mg. Depressive symptoms and adverse events were assessed weekly. An interim analysis was conducted of the first 93 patients who completed the study. Of 91 evaluable patients, 69 sertraline-treated patients (75.8%) experienced significant improvement in depression. Only 8 of 93 patients (8.6%) discontinued sertraline because of side effects.

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