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Acute urinary retention after venlafaxine use

Şaban Oğuz Demirdöğen, Esen Yıldırım Demirdöğen, Şenol Adanur
  • Esen Yıldırım Demirdöğen
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Atatürk University, Turkey
  • Şenol Adanur
    Urology Department Atatürk University, Turkey


We 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.


Acute urinary retention; Lower urinary tract symptoms; Venlafaxine

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Submitted: 2016-12-17 19:44:55
Published: 2017-06-30 00:00:00
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