Acute urinary retention after venlafaxine use
AbstractWe describe a case of lower urinary system symptoms (LUSSs) and acute urinary retention that developed after treatment with a low dose of venlafaxine. A 48-year-old male patient was admitted to our clinic because of difficulty urinating, an intermittent stream, and trickling at the end of urination, together with urinary retention that had started about 45 days ago. The patient had been taking venlafaxine for the previous 6 months. The drug had been prescribed by the psychiatry department for a diagnosis of major depression, and the dose had been increased from 75 mg/day to 150 mg/day 1.5 months earlier. The patients’ symptoms were thought to be related to venlafaxine, and the symptoms disappeared completely after venlafaxine was replaced with agomelatine. We concluded that the LUSSs and urinary retention were due to the venlafaxine treatment.
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