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CNS Drugs. 2006;20(12):981-92.

Agomelatine: a preliminary review of a new antidepressant.

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Stanford University Sleep Medicine Program, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.


Agomelatine is a new antidepressant that is a potent agonist of melatonin receptors and an antagonist of the serotonin 5-HT(2C) receptor subtype. It is in late-phase trials for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Symptoms of depression significantly improved with agomelatine compared with placebo in large placebo-controlled trials, and agomelatine appears to be as efficacious in treating MDD as other antidepressants but with fewer adverse effects. Agomelatine appears to improve sleep quality and ease of falling asleep, as measured subjectively in depressed patients. Polysomnographic studies have shown that agomelatine decreases sleep latency, decreases wake after sleep onset (WASO), and improves sleep stability as measured by changes in the cyclic alternating pattern. Agomelatine is generally well tolerated in patients with MDD; in clinical trials, adverse events were generally mild to moderate in nature, with an overall frequency close to that of placebo. Discontinuation of agomelatine because of adverse effects occurred at a similar rate to placebo.

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