The effect of fluoxetine on sleep EEG in childhood depression: A preliminary report

Roseanne Armitage, Graham Emslie, Jeanne Rintelmann

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Fluoxetine is associated with substantial objective and subjective sleep disturbance in adults with major depressive disorders. In this preliminary report, the effects of fluoxetine on sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) are described in 6 children and adolescents with nonpsychotic major depression. Fluoxetine increased light Stage 1 sleep, the number of arousals and rapid eye movement (REM) density. REM latency was largely unaffected. Oculomotor abnormalities were also evident on treatment, accompanied by an increase in myoclonic activity. Subjective sleep was also disturbed on treatment. These results are in keeping with those observed in depressed adults treated with fluoxetine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997



  • Antidepressants
  • Children
  • Depression
  • Fluoxetine
  • Sleep EEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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