Fluoxetine-hypericum

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Fluoxetine
Type Antidepressant
Group SSRI
links
Medscape Fluoxetine
PubChem 3386
PubMed Fluoxetine
Kompas (Dutch) Fluoxetine
Wikipedia Fluoxetine
Hypericum
Type Antidepressant
Group other
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EMEA 10130408en
PubMed Hypericum
Kompas (Dutch) hypericum extract
Wikipedia St John's wort

Switch medication from fluoxetine to hypericum.

Nietinrijdenbord.png Stop fluoxetine
  • Before day 1: reduce dosage of fluoxetine with about 20 mg per week.
  • Day 1: when a dosage of 20 mg/day is reached, stop fluoxetine.
Eenrichtingbord.png Start hypericum
  • Day 1-28: a wash-out period of four weeks is necessary.[1] [2].
  • Day 29: start administration of hypericum in a dosage of 300 mg three times a day (900 mg/day).
Letopbord.png Cave
  • Occurrence of the serotonin syndrome is possible without wash-out period [1] [2].
Infobord.png More information
  • Fluoxetine and its metababolite desmethyl-fluoxetine have a very long elimination time of about 1 week; phasing out fluoxetine is therefore not necessary.
  • Hypericum induces enzymes of the CYP P-450 type and P-gp type.
  • Hypericum might have MAO-inhibiting and/or COMT-inhibiting properties.
  • Many studies reported that hypericin is the main source of pharmacological effects of hypericum. However the IC50 of hypericin to inhibit MAO A and MAO B is 100- to 1000-fold higher than accessible Cmax values of hypericin after oral administration of hypericum.[3]
  • The T1/2 of hypericum is 19 - 37 hour.[4]
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