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J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 1991 Aug;39(2):239-44.

Treatment of major depression with steroid suppressive drugs.

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Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

The hypercorticism frequently observed in major depression, unaccompanied by signs of Cushing's syndrome, is still poorly understood. One suicidal young woman, with very high cortisol levels and unusual resistance to dexamethasone suppression, is described. She was successfully treated with steroid suppressive drugs (aminoglutethimide, metyrapone), had a prompt and complete remission and has remained well for more than two years on no medication. This success prompted an on-going clinical trial of this therapy. The available drugs and a working hypothesis of their action are discussed.

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1888684
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