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According to First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship 5e on SSRIs:

There is no correlation between plasma levels and efficacy or side effects.

However, according to Psychiatry 3e by Cutler:

A general principle in using all antidepressants is to start at the lowest marketed dose, increasing every week or two up to the FDA listed maximum dose.

How do I make sense of this discrepancy?

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    $\begingroup$ @BryanKrause Thanks, I've added my sources. $\endgroup$ – D.Tan Jul 26 '20 at 20:28

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