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Int Clin Psychopharmacol. 1993 Jan;7(3-4):155-8.

A double-blind comparison of moclobemide and fluoxetine in the treatment of depressive disorders.

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  • 1Psychiatric Unit, Memorial Hospital, Hastings, New Zealand.


Moclobemide and fluoxetine were tested in a six-week trial involving 122 patients with major depressive illness. Patients initially received moclobemide, 150 mg three times daily, or fluoxetine 20 mg/day, but during weeks 3, 4, 5 and 6 the doses could be altered, giving a range of 300-600 mg/day for moclobemide or 20-40 mg/day for fluoxetine. No dietary restrictions were imposed on the patients. The trial was completed by 49 patients receiving moclobemide, and 43 patients receiving fluoxetine. The efficacies of these two agents, as determined on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and from Clinical Global Assessments, were found not to differ significantly. The frequencies of occurrence of adverse reactions were also similar, but sedation, nausea and vomiting were reported more frequently with fluoxetine, and insomnia was experienced with moclobemide. Tolerance of both drugs was judged to be high.

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