The treatment of kleptomania with serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Elie Lepkifker*, Pinchas N. Dannon, Reuven Ziv, Iulian Iancu, Netta Horesh, Moshe Kotler

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Kleptomania is characterized by an irresistible impulse to steal objects not needed for personal use or for their monetary value. Several recent case reports have shown that Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) could be effective in the treatment of kleptomania just as it is in other obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. We report five cases of kleptomania patients who were successfully treated with fluoxetine or paroxetine in combination with a psychotherapeutic intervention. In one case, the discontinuation of the medication repeatedly led to the resurgence of the kleptomanic behavior. Our case series illustrates the effectiveness of SSRIs in kleptomania. It thus supports the assumption that this syndrome involves a dysfunctional serotoninergic mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Neuropharmacology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Impulse control disorders
  • Kleptomania
  • Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders
  • Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors


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