Fluoxetine-Induced Memory Impairment in an Adolescent

Mark E. Bangs, Theodore A. Petti, Mark David Janus

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This paper describes a 14-year-old male patient who complained of memory problems during treatment with fluoxetine for major depression. The patient showed impairments on all five scales of the Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised during fluoxetine treatment. Three of the scales, Verbal Memory, Visual Memory, and General Memory, showed statistically significant improvements after fluoxetine was discontinued. This case represents the first time memory deficits related to fluoxetine were quantitated with a standardized memory test. It points to cognitive side effects that need to be understood. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatry, 1994, 33, 9:1303–1306.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1306
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • fluoxetine
  • medication side effects
  • memory


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