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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1990 Mar;81(3):289-94.

A double-blind comparison of mianserin and maprotiline in depressed medically ill elderly people.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Padua, School of Medicine, Italy.


A double-blind, randomized 4-week mianserin vs maprotiline trial was conducted in 48 depressed geriatric medical inpatients. The drug dosages were up to 90 mg of mianserin and up to 150 mg of maprotiline per day. Efficacy was measured by the Geriatric Depression Scale, the Hopkins Symptom Check List depression subscale and the Clinical Global Impression Scale. The overall dropout figure was 27% of the sample. Side effects were relatively similar in the two treatment groups and suggested a safety profile somewhat better than that of the first-generation antidepressants. Mianserin showed some advantages in efficacy over maprotiline, particularly by the 4th week of the trial, but the overall figures of treatment responders were rather small (Geriatric Depression Scale: mianserin 48%, maprotiline 30%). Clinical trials vs placebo are needed to clarify the role of antidepressant pharmacotherapy in depressed geriatric medical inpatients.

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