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Keywords:

  • electroconvulsive therapy;
  • paroxetine;
  • seizure;
  • serotonin

This study reports the effect of paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, on seizure length during electroconvulsive therapy. Seven inpatients taking paroxetine were compared with 7 controls taking tricyclic antidepressants. The mean seizure length of the paroxetine group was approximately twice that of the control group.