Switch medication from vortioxetine to citalopram.
- Day 1: reduce dosage of vortioxetine to 5 mg/day.
- Day 8: stop administration of vortioxetine.
- No wash-out period is needed.
- Day 9: Start citalopram in a normal dosage of 20 mg/day.
- Occurrence of the serotonin syndrome is not likely, but theoretically possible, so caution is necessary.
- Due to the halflifes of both compounds, there will be automatic crosstapering in the body.
- European Medicines Agency. SmPC Brintellix 5 mg.
- Katona et al. New generation multi-modal antidepressants: focus on vortioxetine for major depressive disorder. 2014 2014 Feb 19;10:349-54
- KNMP; Informatorium Medicamentorum 2015; Monografie "vortioxetine" (Dutch)
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