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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 41 (1999) 9, 543 - 545

Case report

Withdrawal of an antidepressant (fluvoxamine): not always without problems

Y. Meesters, J. Neeleman

A 29-year old female in-patient, diagnosed with severe eating disorder and an agitated depression, was gradually weaned off fluvoxamine. As in a previous attempt to discontinue of fluvoxamine, she developed a number of serious withdrawal effects: frequent fainting, lightheadedness and dizziness, hyperventilation, severe headache, suicidal ideation and loss of subjective memory.

keywords fluvoxamine, ssri, withdrawal effects