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Understanding Depression Slideshow

The recommended treatment for treatment resistant depression is 20-50 mg of fluoxetine and 5-20 mg olanzapine once daily in the evening while the recommended treatment for depression associated with bipolar disorder is 20-50 mg fluoxetine and 5-12.5 mg olanzapine once daily in the evening.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Fluoxetine should not be taken with any of the monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) class of antidepressants (for example, isocarboxazid [Marplan], phenelzine [Nardil], tranylcypromine [Parnate], selegiline [Eldepryl], and procarbazine [Matulane]) or other drugs that inhibit monoamine oxidase such as linezolid [Zyvox] and intravenous methylene blue. Such combinations may lead to confusion, high blood pressure, tremor, hyperactivity, coma, and death. Fluoxetine should not be administered for at least 14 days after stopping MAOIs. Because fluoxetine is active in the body for several weeks, MAOIs should not be administered for at least 5 weeks (possibly longer after long term use of fluoxetine or if large doses were used) after fluoxetine has been stopped. Similar reactions occur when fluoxetine is combined with other drugs, for example, tryptophan, St. John's wort, meperidine (Demerol), lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith), triptans (for example, sumatriptan [Imitrex)]), and tramadol (Ultram) that increase serotonin in the brain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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