Fluoxetine-sertraline

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Fluoxetine
Type Antidepressant
Group SSRI
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Medscape Fluoxetine
PubChem 3386
PubMed Fluoxetine
Kompas (Dutch) Fluoxetine
Wikipedia Fluoxetine
Sertraline
Type Antidepressant
Group SSRI
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Medscape Sertraline
PubChem 68617
PubMed Sertraline
Kompas (Dutch) Sertraline
Wikipedia Sertraline

Switch medication from fluoxetine to sertraline.

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 sertraline

No wash-out period is needed.

  • Day 2: start sertraline the next day in low dosage of 25 mg/day.
  • Day 15: increase dosage of sertraline to 50 mg/day.
  • Day 22: increase dosage of sertraline to 100 mg.
  • Day 29: increase dosage of sertraline if necessary.
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  • Fluoxetine and its metababolite desmethyl-fluoxetine have a very long elimination time of about 1 week; phasing out fluoxetine is therefore not necessary.
  • Occurrence of the serotonin syndrome is not likely, but theoretically possible, so caution is necessary.
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