Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Long-Term Antidepressant Treatment Without Active Management Hardly Induces Remission: Presented at ECNP

A Scottish study identified a group of patients in primary care who are on long-term and stable treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). A substantial proportion of patients displayed prevailing residual depressive and anxiety symptoms as well as sleep problems in spite of their treatment.

Alan Wade, MD, CPS Clinical Research Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, presented the study at a poster session on September 1 here at the 21st European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress.

Patients who were prescribed standard doses of antidepressants by their general practitioners without active management due to repeat prescriptions were identified from prescribing records in the West of Scotland.


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