Monday, November 20, 2006

migraine news roundup 25

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These two articles discuss items of interest to readers with depression:

Depression treatment can take a few tries
A U.S. study found 70 percent of patients with depression were helped by one or more drugs, and 40 percent achieved remission of symptoms on the first drug.

The study also found 30 percent had remission of symptoms with the second drug, 14 percent on the third try and 13 percent on the fourth try, according to the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression, or STAR*D, study.

Treatment of depression is often a progressive, incremental process, said Michael Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

These findings may support the idea that some kind of effective depression treatment helps prevent relapse episodes rather than the idea that Lexapro in particular should be the maintenance drug of choice.

Lexapro curbs risk of recurrent depression

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