Complex movement disorders induced by fluoxetine

Kersi J. Bharucha, Kapil D. Sethi

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We report two cases of complex movement disorders induced by fluoxetine. A 72-year-old woman developed rhythmic palatal movements, myoclonus, chorea, and possibly dystonia after 2 years of therapy with fluoxetine. On withdrawal of fluoxetine, the movements abated after 5 days and did not recur. The second patient, a 58-year-old man, developed myoclonic jerking and rapid, stereotypic movements of his toes after a year of fluoxetine therapy. These complex movements have not been reported previously as an adverse effect of fluoxetine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-326
Number of pages3
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 20 1996


  • Chorea
  • Dystonia
  • Fluoxetine
  • Myoclonus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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