A newly diagnosed patient with depression

Question Number 1196

Question:
A newly diagnosed patient with depression is treated with serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors. A four week drug trial is performed but the patient shows only a partial response. The physician suspects that this is because the patient is a known 'rapid metabolizer' .
An appropriate next step should now include
a) giving a second larger loading dose and increasing the maintenance dose
b) giving a second larger loading dose only
c) increasing the maintenance dose only
d) stopping the medication
e) decreasing the maintenance dose


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