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Fluoxetine-induced Kleptomania in a Patient with Depressive Disorder: A Case Report

Melody M Annamalai, Avudaiappan Sankaran, Sukanto Sarkar

Keywords : Depression, Kleptomania, Selective serotonin receptor inhibitors

Citation Information : Annamalai MM, Sankaran A, Sarkar S. Fluoxetine-induced Kleptomania in a Patient with Depressive Disorder: A Case Report. 2019; 2 (4):156-157.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-02229

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 05-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Kleptomania is a disorder wherein the individual has an irresistible urge/impulse to steal things that are usually not of monetary value. Selective serotonin receptor inhibitors (SSRIs) are usually the first-line treatment of depressive disorders. Reports of depressed patients experiencing symptoms of kleptomania after administration of SSRI have been few. Here we present such a case of a female patient who exhibited symptoms of kleptomania following treatment with fluoxetine, an SSRI.

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