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

Roseanne Armitage, Graham Emslie, Jeanne Rintelmann

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Abstract

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
JournalNeuropsychopharmacology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

Keywords

  • Antidepressants
  • Children
  • Depression
  • Fluoxetine
  • Sleep EEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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