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Düşünen Adam. 2010; 23(2): 115-120

Comparing the effectiveness of mood stabilizers and antidepressants for bipolar depression treatment: a retrospective chart review

Kürşat Altınbaş, Timuçin E. Oral, Danny Smith, Nickholas Craddock.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of antidepressants on recovery in bipolar depression. Method: The most recent depressive episode of patients with DSM-IV Bipolar Disorder, recruited from a specialized mood disorder outpatient unit in Turkey, were evaluated retrospectively. Thirty-four patients, only received mood stabilizer titration or did not change their current treatment regimens and thirty patients, treated with an antidepressant agent were compared on rates of recurrence and time to remission. Results: One third of patients in each group were taking at least one mood stabilizer during their depressive episodes. Mood stabilizer levels were similar in each group and were within therapeutic limits. There were no significant differences between groups on rates of recurrence or time to remission. Conclusions: In this preliminary retrospective study, patients with bipolar depression who were treated with antidepressants did not have a better outcome than patients who received no antidepressants.

Key words: Bipolar depression, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, remission, recurrence

Article Language: Turkish English

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