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Guidelines for choice of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor in depressive illness

  • Ian M. Anderson and J. Guy Edwards
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The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most extensively studied of the newer antidepressants and are increasingly being used as first-line treatment for depression (Anderson et al, 2000). In this article we concentrate on issues that need to be taken into account when selecting one of the five SSRIs marketed in the UK (citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine and sertraline) for individual patients. We have concentrated on treatment of depression and have not reviewed their use in anxiety disorders because comparative data are lacking.

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