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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 274-276

Fluvoxamine-induced tics: A rare phenomenon

Department of Psychiatry, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Rashmi Prakash
C-1728, Palam Vihar, Gurugram - 122 017, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_207_22

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Fluvoxamine is a commonly used drug in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and has shown remarkable results in the recovery of such patients. Fluvoxamine is generally well tolerated. However, this drug comes with its own series of adverse effects such as nausea, headaches, diarrhea, sleep disturbance, agitation, anorexia, tremulousness, and decreased libido. It has also been less commonly associated with convulsion, dyskinesia, dystonia, extrapyramidal syndrome, and twitching. In this case report, we wish to highlight a case of OCD, who was prescribed tablet fluvoxamine as a treatment and subsequently developed tics. On reducing the dose of fluvoxamine, her tics gradually resolved with no deterioration of OC symptoms. By reporting this case, we wish to emphasize the potential side effect of fluvoxamine which should be kept in mind while choosing this antidepressant agent. The rising number of cases of movement disorder along with their varied clinical features undermines the importance of considering drugs as a possible cause of tics.

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