Fluoxetine and involuntary recall of remote memories

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Presents 4 case histories (of a 42-, 50-, and 57-yr-old man and a 48-yr-old woman with depression) demonstrating a previously unreported, although striking, side effect of fluoxetine. This took the form of an involuntary intense and vivid recall of earlier life events. In 3 patients, the phenomenon appeared within the 1st 6 wks of treatment, while in the 4th patient, it appeared after 3 mo. The phenomenon ceased within a few weeks of discontinuation of fluoxetine, thus supporting the association with the drug. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Drug side-effect
  • Fluoxetine
  • Memory recall

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  • Andrew R. Robertson

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