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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2003 Dec;108(6):427-31.

Indications for and outcome of antidepressant medication in a general population: a prescription database and medical record study, in Jämtland county, Sweden, 1995.

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NEUROTEC, Division of Psychiatry, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge University Hospital, S-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden. svante.henriksson@neurotec.ki.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the indications for prescribing antidepressants and the clinical outcome when they are prescribed for the treatment of depression, and compare tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in these respects.

METHOD:

A naturalistic study of a prospective prescription monitoring database and medical records.

RESULTS:

Depression was the indication for 23% of the tricyclic treatments and for 82% of the SSRI treatments. A successful treatment of the depression was found in 20% of the TCA cases and 41% of the SSRI cases (NS).

CONCLUSION:

This study provides evidence that the main use of SSRIs in 1995 is the treatment of depression. The study implies that SSRIs have a more favourable outcome in "real life" than TCAs.

PMID:
14616223
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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