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J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2000 Jan;25(1):48-52.

Use of slow-release melatonin in treatment-resistant depression.

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Depression Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH-Clarke), Toronto, Ont.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine antidepressant augmentation with and hypnotic effects of slow-release melatonin (SR-melatonin) in patients with treatment-resistant depression.

DESIGN:

Open-label trial.

SETTING:

Tertiary care outpatient depression clinic.

PATIENTS:

Nine outpatients who had failed to respond to 2 or more 8-week trials of antidepressant medication.

INTERVENTIONS:

Patients received SR-melatonin 5 mg per day for the first 2 weeks and 10 mg per day for the final 2 weeks, in addition to their antidepressant medication.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV, Axis 1 Disorders, Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD), Beck Depression Inventory, Response Style Questionnaire, sleep and fatigue measures.

RESULTS:

One patient was excluded after 1 week because of the development of a mixed affective state. In the remaining 8 patients there was a 20% mean decrease in HRSD scores after 4 weeks of treatment, with no individual achieving an improvement of 50% or more. There was a 36% decrease on the 3-item HRSD related to insomnia, with 4 of 8 patients showing at least a 50% improvement on this measure. The greatest decrease in insomnia occurred during the last 2 weeks of the study, following the increase in dosage to 10 mg per day of SR-melatonin. Patients also reported significantly lower levels of fatigue post-treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

SR-melatonin may be a useful adjunct for sleep, but does not substantially augment existing antidepressant therapies in some patients with treatment-resistant depression.

PMID:
10721684
PMCID:
PMC1407707
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