Effect of clinical doses of fluoxetine on psychological variables in healthy volunteers

Yevgenia Gelfin, Malka Gorfine, Bernard Lerer

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Abstract

Objective: The authors sought to determine the effect of clinically equivalent doses of fluoxetine on mood and other psychological variables in normal subjects. Method: Fifteen healthy volunteers received placebo for 2 weeks; fluoxetine, 10 mg/day, for 1 week; fluoxetine, 20 mg/day, for 5 weeks; and then an additional 2 weeks of placebo in the context of a single-blind study. The subjects were evaluated with a series of self- and observer-rated instruments. Results: No significant effects attributable to fluoxetine were observed on any of the psychological variables examined. Minimal adverse effects were reported. Conclusions: Significant mood-elevating and other psychological effects of fluoxetine would appear to be induced only when symptomatic targets exist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-292
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume155
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1998

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