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J Clin Psychiatry. 1999 Apr;60(4):237-40.

Chromium potentiation of antidepressant pharmacotherapy for dysthymic disorder in 5 patients.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill 27599-7160, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Dysthymic disorder is a relatively common illness that is often treated with antidepressants. Compared with the study of major depression, there has been little systematic study of potentiation strategies for antidepressant-refractory dysthymic disorder.

METHOD:

Following a patient's report of dramatic response to the addition of chromium supplementation to sertraline pharmacotherapy for dysthymic disorder (DSM-IV), the authors initiated a series of single-blind and open-label trials of chromium picolinate or chromium polynicotinate in the treatment of antidepressant-refractory dysthymic disorder.

RESULTS:

In a series of 5 patients, chromium supplementation led to remission of dysthymic symptoms. Single-blind substitution of other dietary supplements in each of the patients demonstrated specificity of response to chromium supplementation.

CONCLUSION:

Preliminary observations suggest that chromium may potentiate antidepressant pharmacotherapy for dysthymic disorder. Controlled studies are indicated to test the validity of these initial observations.

PMID:
10221284
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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