Escitalopram-induced amenorrhea and false positive urine pregnancy test

Vidhya Selvaraj, Siv Hour, Palanikumar Gunasekar, Caron Gray, James F. Smith

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Abstract

Escitalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. A 34-year-old female patient with major depressive disorder developed amenorrhea and had a false-positive urine pregnancy test after initiation of escitalopram treatment. To our knowledge, no published case report of amenorrhea and false-positive urine pregnancy tests in women taking escitalopram exists. This case report suggests that women of child-bearing age should be carefully monitored for amenorrhea while they are on an antidepressant treatment regimen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-42
Number of pages3
JournalKorean Journal of Family Medicine
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • Family Practice

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