HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Stanford study shows now-familiar medications at core of better outlook for depressed patients

STANFORD, Calif. - Enough Americans suffer from depression to fill Yankee Stadium 330 times over, and while depression rates continue to rise, people with the illness have reason to be hopeful. A new study shows that doctors are treating the disease more than ever before - thanks in part to the newest category of antidepressant medication.

"Our study confirms the belief that the diagnosis and treatment of depression have been impacted by the advent of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)," said Randall Stafford, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and lead author of the latest report. "Findings show that the quality of care received by depressed patients has improved since the introduction of this class of medications in 1988." The study appeared in the April 29 issue of the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

SSRIs are one of several categories of antidepressants. Although medications in each category are effective in treating the disease, SSRIs (including well-known brands such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft) have fewer side effects than the others. Stafford noted that patients who take other types also face a greater risk of overdose, along with more side effects such as weight gain, stomach irritation and dry mouth.

The safety profile and relatively limited side effects of SSRIs make them attractive to both physicians and patients, Stafford said, and as a result they are the most prescribed category of antidepressant in the country. Stafford's team conducted the study to examine the drugs' popularity among physicians and to more closely examine their impact on treatment of depressive illness.

"Past studies have focused on broader changes in depression treatment, but we wanted to go beyond this and look at the relationship between SSRIs and other medications," he said. "There was a perception that treatment had changed since the advent of SSR
'"/>


29-Apr-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Stanford patient is first to test new treatment for peripheral arterial disease
2. Protein that helps skin cancer spread identified by Stanford researchers
3. Computer model being developed at Stanford may help surgeons better predict patient outcomes
4. Brain-scanning technologies need standards, according to Stanford researcher
5. Young blood revives aging muscles, Stanford researchers find
6. Brain synapse formation linked to proteins, Stanford study finds
7. Early HIV screening prolongs life and is affordable, Stanford study shows
8. Vioxx went mostly to patients who didnt need it, Stanford researcher says
9. Stanford study shows hypnosis helps kids undergoing difficult procedure
10. Ethics of neuroimaging research to be focus of NIH/Stanford meeting
11. Early learning leaves lasting changes in brain, Stanford owl study shows

Post Your Comments:
(Date:4/17/2014)... vaccine brands for children may not be the most ... factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what ... new study by University of Illinois researchers. , "The ... numerous factors," says Sheldon H. Jacobson, a co-author of ... of mathematics at the U. of I. "In an ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky ... loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers ... in this month,s issue of the International Journal ... associated with better health and well-being as we age, ... the outcomes of individuals whose deficits in compassion put ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Pediatrician-in-Chief Jon McCullers, MD, was recently invited to ... Nature Reviews Microbiology , one of the ... world-renowned infectious disease specialist, and chair of the ... Health Science Center, analyzed the epidemiology and microbiology ... pandemics, as well as more recent 2009 novel ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... who treat patients with a severe and progressive ... agonizing treatment decision. , The drug sirolimus can ... shortness of breath. But some patients eventually may ... fatal complications following transplantation. , "It,s a terrible ... of Loyola University Medical Center,s LAM Clinic and ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... IL, April 17, 2014-- Colic affects about one in ... for numerous pediatric visits during the first several months ... colic symptoms was showing promise; however, the April 1, ... (BMJ2014;348:g2107; Sung, Valerie) reported on a study, "Probiotics and ... L reuteri for infant colic did ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Study recalculates costs of combination vaccines 2Health News:The ilk of human kindness 2Health News:Patients with rare lung disease face agonizing treatment dilemma 2Health News:Patients with rare lung disease face agonizing treatment dilemma 3Health News:New study says probiotic use for infant colic is not effective in reducing symptoms 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... NEW YORK , Jan. 15, 2014 ... research report is available in its catalogue: ... - India Drug Forecast and Market Analysis ... PharmaPoint: Atopic Dermatitis - India ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Jan. 15, 2014  A novel wearable injector slightly larger than ... for patients to self-inject prescription drugs in the large doses ... blood diseases, autoimmune deficiencies, and genetic disorders.  ... $220B by 2018, according to analysts.   Many of these drugs ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Healthcare Services, Inc. ("DHS"), a portfolio company of GMH Ventures ... Equipment, Inc. ("Progressive") of Clarion, PA ... not disclosed. Progressive is a full service ... sleep, mobility, and respiratory products to customers in the western ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:PharmaPoint: Atopic Dermatitis - India Drug Forecast and Market Analysis to 2022 2PharmaPoint: Atopic Dermatitis - India Drug Forecast and Market Analysis to 2022 3PharmaPoint: Atopic Dermatitis - India Drug Forecast and Market Analysis to 2022 4PharmaPoint: Atopic Dermatitis - India Drug Forecast and Market Analysis to 2022 5Enable Injections Presents A New Class of Injectors for Drug Delivery at PEPTalk, Drug Delivery Partnership Meetings 2Dynamic Healthcare Services Completes Progressive Home Medical Equipment of Clarion, PA Investment 2Dynamic Healthcare Services Completes Progressive Home Medical Equipment of Clarion, PA Investment 3
Cached News: