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Stanford study shows now-familiar medications at core of better outlook for depressed patients
Enough Americans suffer from depression to fill Yankee Stadium 330 times over, and while depression rates continue to rise, people with the illness have reason to be hopeful. A new study shows that doctors are treating the disease more than ever before - thanks in part to the newest category of antidepressant medication. (2002-04-29)

Prozac is effective for depression...and hot flashes too
A Mayo Clinic study indicates that Prozac, a medication often prescribed for treatment of depression, can safely and significantly relieve hot flashes in women who have been treated for breast cancer. (2002-03-14)

Antidepressant drug trials turn away most of the depressed population
Studies establishing the effectiveness of antidepressants are based on highly selective samples of depressed patients. New research by Brown University psychiatrists found as many as 85 percent of depressed patients treated in an outpatient setting would be excluded from the typical study to determine whether an antidepressant works. (2002-02-28)

Antidepressant provides a cool choice for hot flashes
A Mayo Clinic study indicates long-term use of the antidepressant drug venlafaxine provides women treated for breast cancer with safe and effective relief from hot flashes. It also appears that this antidepressant can be an alternative to estrogen for women who want a nonhormonal treatment for their hot flashes. (2002-02-12)

Drug-free therapy gives patients reprieve from panic disorder
A recent study showed that four out of five patients suffering from panic disorder remained symptom-free six months after they stopped taking medication to treat the often-debilitating illness. The secret may lie in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) - a psychological-based treatment the subjects received after halting their prescribed medication. (2002-01-30)

Clinical trial to investigate new treatment for post traumatic stress disorder
Georgetown University Medical Center is conducting a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of venlafaxine HCI, marketed as Effexor XR, on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The drug is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and depression, but not PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include disturbed sleep, flashbacks, an increased heart rate, heavy sweating, and avoidance of activities that remind the person of the traumatic event. (2002-01-17)

Combination of common medications may lead to stroke
The use of serotonin-enhancing drugs - including some newer antidepressants, antimigraine agents, decongestants, diet pills, amphetamines, and the popular drug of abuse 'ecstasy' - can precipitate cerebrovascular syndrome (stroke) due to narrowing of cerebral blood vessels. According to a study published in the January 8 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the use of multiple serotonergic drugs can precipitate sudden, severe headaches, seizures and stroke, particularly when combined with other vasoactive drugs. (2002-01-07)

Study finds most commonly prescribed antidepressants similar in effectiveness
An Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute for Healthcare study published in the Dec.19 issue of JAMA has found that three of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants are similar in effectiveness for depressive symptoms. Paroxetine (brand name Paxil), fluoxetine (brand name Prozac and in generic form) and sertaline (brand name Zoloft), also were shown to be similar in their effect on health-related quality of life measures including social interactions, ability to work, sexual functioning and sleep. (2001-12-18)

Antidepressants lower heart attack risk: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors lessen chances of heart attacks in smokers
Drugs designed to fight depression may also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. In a large study of smokers, the researchers associated a class of antidepressants, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), with a lower heart attack risk. Their findings are published in the latest issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2001-10-17)

Some antidepressants reduce heart attack risk
A class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) was associated with a lower heart attack risk in a study of smokers, according to new research in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2001-10-15)

New generation antidepressants increase risk of gastrointestinal bleeds
New generation antidepressant drugs, known as SSRIs, increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, shows research in this week's BMJ. Canadian researchers monitored hospital admissions for gastrointestinal bleeding among almost 314,000 people, aged 65 and above, who had been prescribed antidepressants between 1992 and 1998. Antidepressant drugs were grouped according to what extent they inhibited serotonin re-uptake. (2001-09-20)

Provincial spending on drugs increases, says University of Toronto study
Spending on psychiatric drugs in Ontario has risen dramatically in recent years due to increased use of newer, more expensive medications, says a study published in the September issue of Psychiatric Services. (2001-09-20)

Paxil treats major depression in adolescents, study finds
Paxil is a safe and effective treatment for major depression in adolescents, suggests a Brown-led study in the current Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. No antidepressant is currently labeled for use in teens. (2001-07-23)

Bipolar disorder in kids focus of several studies presented at international meeting
Nearly one out of 100 kids worldwide have bipolar disorder, a mental illness characterized by swings between mania, or euphoric mood, and depression. Researchers who focus on such studies will gather to present their findings at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Bipolar Disorder in Pittsburgh on June 14. (2001-06-14)

First comparative study to examine rates of sexual dysfunction
In the first study to examine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction across the new generation antidepressants, researchers reported at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting that while the drug classes known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) were associated with a higher rate of sexual dysfunction, other antidepressants were associated with significantly lower rates, namely bupropion and nefazodone. (2001-05-07)

Antidepressant and stress management cut headache pain by half
Findings from a clinical trial of chronic tension headaches suggest a combination of an antidepressant and stress management therapy can cut the frequency of headaches by as much as half. The report, published in this week's JAMA, could mean relief for millions of Americans plagued by headaches that cause debilitating pain almost daily. (2001-05-01)

Behavioral therapy effective in treatment of insomnia
New clinical data show that changing a person's attitudes about sleep and teaching new habits is a promising treatment for insomnia and may be an alternative to medication for the treatment of persistent primary insomnia, a sleep disorder that affects up to 5 percent of Americans. (2001-04-10)

Depressed patients should be allowed to choose their treatment
Generic counselling appears to be as effective as antidepressant drugs for major depression, although patients given drugs may recover more quickly, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-03-29)

Emory researchers report new strategy to reduce emotional and physical distress associated with cancer treatment
A study conducted at Emory University was successful in preventing depression, anxiety and physical distress in cancer patients with the prophylactic use of antidepressants, the March 29 issue of New England Journal of Medicine reports. (2001-03-28)

Aerobic exercise can work faster than drugs to lift depression
Aerobic exercise can work faster than drugs to lift depression. (2001-03-26)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, February 6, 2001
1). Young Women at Greater Risk for Death After Heart Attacks than Men 2). Inhaled Insulin Shows Some Promise for Treating Type 2 Diabetes (2001-02-05)

Study links teen smoking to symptoms of depression
It's commonly thought that teen depression can lead to cigarette smoking, but a new study, published in the October edition of Pediatrics, shows it's the smoking that increases the risk of depression. The study was conducted by a physician at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati. (2000-10-01)

St John's wort as effective as standard antidepressant therapy
St John's wort is as effective as imipramine - one of the most commonly used antidepressants - and should be considered as a first line treatment in patients with mild to moderate depression, according to the largest ever study of St John's wort published this week in the BMJ. (2000-08-31)

Estrogen lifts mood in perimenopause
Women who suffer depression as they enter menopause may be prescribed estrogen as an alternative to traditional antidepressants, suggest NIMH researchers. The female hormone's efficacy matched levels reported with antidepressants in the first controlled study of its direct effects on mood in perimenopausal women meeting standardized criteria for depression. (2000-08-30)

Cheer up
St John's Wort is about to get a revamp. Researchers in the US and Britain are trying to develop a form of the popular anti-depressant that doesn't interfere with other drugs. (2000-08-15)

Adverse drug events in nursing homes: common and preventable
Medication-related injuries in nursing homes are common and often preventable according to authors of the largest study to date evaluating adverse drug events due to medication errors in US nursing homes. (2000-08-08)

Herbal remedies: do their benefits outweigh the risks?
With the market for herbal supplements now approaching $4bn a year in the United States alone, what evidence is there to show that these treatments actually work, asks Professor Ernst of Exeter University's Department of Complimentary Medicine in a BMJ editorial this week. (2000-07-10)

Race may be factor in prescription of antidepressants to elderly
Racial bias appears to exist in the prescription of antidepressants to the elderly and could signal underdiagnosis or undertreatment of depression in African Americans, a Duke University Medical Center study has found. (2000-06-29)

Antidepressants impair cognitive function in the elderly
New medical research provides preliminary evidence that psychoactive drugs such as antidepressants have both immediate and cumulative negative effects on cognitive performance for people age 80 and over. (2000-06-28)

Drug-psychotherapy combo found highly effective in depression study
The prescription drug Serzone, combined with psychotherapy designed specifically for chronic depression, produced an 85- percent response rate among 681 patients under treatment for chronic forms of major depression. The study appears in the current New England Journal of Medicine. (2000-05-17)

Ritalin and Prozac: Study finds more kids using both drug types together
Note: The date of this presentation has been changed from 5/15/00 to 5/12/00. The 1990s saw a dramatic rise in the number of children and adolescents receiving Ritalin-type stimulants and Prozac-type antidepressants among a population of children studied by University of Michigan researchers. The new study also documents the rise of a newer phenomenon: kids taking both kinds of drugs at once. (2000-05-11)

Tip Sheet May 2, 2000
1)- ACP-ASIM Guidelines for Drug Treatment of Depression; 2) - Overweight Women Less Likely To Be Screened for Two Cancers; 3) - Some Marathon Runners Developed Deadly Blood and Brain Condition (2000-05-01)

Study to assess heart effects of depression drugs during stress
A new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will look at the effects of antidepressant drugs on the heart's response to stress. (2000-03-06)

UI study finds older medication can more effectively treat post-stroke depression
Newer is generally thought of as better. However, that may not be the case for antidepressive medication to treat post- stroke depression. The disorder affects nearly 40 percent of the 400,000 individuals in the United States who annually survive strokes. (2000-02-29)

Researchers link genetic defect to 'head-rush' disorder
Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have identified the first genetic defect in the syndrome of orthostatic intolerance--a disorder that leaves its sufferers with a prolonged (2000-02-23)

Better care for severely depressed costs less
Depressed patients from a large HMO getting little or no relief from (1999-12-14)

Study shows more seniors using antidepressants
Senior citizens, especially women, are more likely to use antidepressants as they get older, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (1999-12-12)

Scientists identify new pathway of antidepressant action
Scientists at UC San Francisco have discovered a new chemical pathway in the brain by which the most common antidepressants may alter mood. The research demonstrates that many popular mood modulators trigger chemical activity along more than one track at a time. (1999-11-08)

Depression costs UK economy 2 billion a year, conference will be told
Depression has reached epidemic levels worldwide and at present rates will account for a greater health burden than any other condition apart from heart disease in 20 years, an international conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London will be told today (28 October). (1999-10-24)

Some antidepressants increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding -- especially when taken with NSAIDS or aspirin
People taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (a type of antidepressant) have an increased risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, claim researchers from Spain in this week's BMJ. (1999-10-21)

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