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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Feb;22(2):121-31. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.3479.

Do menopausal status and use of hormone therapy affect antidepressant treatment response? Findings from the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study.

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Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Women's Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298-0710, USA. skornste@vcu.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Menopausal status and use of hormonal contraception or menopausal hormone therapy (HT) may affect treatment response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This report evaluates whether menopausal status and use of hormonal contraceptives or menopausal HT affect outcome in women treated with citalopram.

METHODS:

In the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study, 896 premenopausal and 544 postmenopausal women were treated with citalopram for 12-14 weeks. Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics were used in adjusted analysis of the effect of menopausal status and use of hormonal contraceptives or menopausal HT on outcomes. Remission was defined as final Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression-17 (HRSD(17)) ≤7 or Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology-Self-Report (QIDS-SR(16)) score ≤5 and response as ≥50% decrease from the baseline QIDS-SR(16) score.

RESULTS:

Premenopausal and postmenopausal women differed in multiple clinical and demographic baseline variables but did not differ in response or remission rates. Premenopausal women taking hormonal contraceptives had significantly greater unadjusted remission rates on the HRSD(17) and the QIDS-SR(16) than women not taking contraception. Response and remission rates were not different between postmenopausal women taking vs. not taking HT. Adjusted results showed no significant difference in any outcome measure across menopause status in women who were not taking contraception/HT. There were no significant differences in adjusted results across HT status in premenopausal or postmenopausal women.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this study, citalopram treatment outcome was not affected by menopausal status. Hormonal contraceptives and HT also did not affect probability of good outcome.

PMID:
23398127
PMCID:
PMC3613168
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2012.3479
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