Relapse of depression, compared between the C-ECT and C-Pharm groups.
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The current knowledge of the pharmacological actions of the tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) has slowly evolved through their over 40-year history. Chronic pain represents one of the most important public health problems, and antidepressants are an essential part of the therapeutic strategy in addition to classical analgesics. This article reviews the available evidence on the efficacy and safety of antidepressants in chronic pain conditions; namely, headaches, low back pain, fibromyalgia, cancer pain and especially neuropathic pain. TCAs are traditionally the main type of depression medication used to treat chronic pain. Recently, new antidepressants were introduced into clinical use, with a significant reduction in side effects and equivalent efficacy on mood disorders. These new drugs that are effective for chronic pain belong to the tetracyclic antidepressants (TeCAs) group (amoxapine, maprotiline), the serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) group (duloxetine, venlafaxine, milnacipran) and the atypical antidepressants group (bupropion, trazodone, mirtazapine, nefazodone). In this review, we present the available publications on TCAs (amitriptyline, doxepin, imipramine, desipramine, nortriptyline), TeCAs (amoxapine, maprotiline), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine), SNRIs (duloxetine, venlafaxine, milnacipran) and atypical antidepressants (bupropion) for the treatment of neuropathic pain. We also review analgesics acting as both opioid receptor agonists and also acting as aminergic reuptake inhibitors. Existing data are insufficient to conclude which of these new classes of antidepressants has the best clinical profile and will be the most effective in the treatment of neuropathic pain; in addition, a lower incidence of side effects should be considered. Increased experimental and translational research is a key for further improvement of the treatment of chronic pain with antidepressants. However, evidence from basic science is needed to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of action and their possible pharmacodynamic interactions.
In a prospective, open clinical study, the relationship between serum levels of amitriptyline (At) and nortriptyline (Nt) and the therapeutic effect after 6 weeks of treatment was investigated. Serum levels were measured by gas-liquid chromatography and the therapeutic effect was assessed by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD) and the Clinical Global Impression Scale (CGI). A number of 25 non-delusional, moderate to severely depressed inpatients were included. A therapeutic window relationship was detected by means of regression analysis (quadratic model). Low and high serum levels were associated with low therapeutic effect. In an intermediate range, the probability of good therapeutic effect was increased. This relationship reached significance for the serum levels of At (p < 0.05) and a trend for the sum of serum levels of At and Nt (p < 0.1). As expressed by the regression coefficient r2, about 25% to 35% of the variability of therapeutic effect was explained by serum levels. Dichotomized data sets according to limits of final values of HAMD and CGI as well as limits of a therapeutic window of 70 ng/ml and 200 ng/ml (sum of At and Nt) revealed significant differences by means of Fisher's exact test (p < 0.05). Furthermore, increased ratios of serum level of Nt per serum level of At were found to be associated with decreased therapeutic effect. Thus, the present data support the existence of a therapeutic window of serum levels of At in depression. Also taking into account other reports, this therapeutic window can be defined as being between about 70 and 220 ng/ml. The assay of serum levels of At can be used to lower the risk of unsatisfactory therapeutic outcome.
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A sensitive radioimmunoassay for amitriptyline and nortriptyline in blood has been developed. The antibodies used in the radioimmunoassay were raised in a sheep against a conjugate of nortriptyline and bovine serum albumin. Using tritiated amitriptyline as the label, the assay is capable of detecting concentrations as low as 2.0 ng/ml in a 50 microliter sample of plasma. Cross-reactivity studies have demonstrated the specificity of the radioimmunoassay for both amitriptyline and nortriptyline, and comparison with gas-liquid chromatography assay has indicated the applicability of the assay to a routine situation. The radioimmunoassay has been used to study the plasma drug levels after single oral administration of amitriptyline to four volunteers. A wide variation in maximum drug concentrations, ranging from 18 to 62 ng/ml, was seen, with the time taken to reach the maxima ranging between 1.5 and 3 hours. A second concentration peak was seen in three of the volunteers, at 4 to 5 hours after ingestion of the drug.
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Following a 3-day single-dose kinetic study, 21 moderate to severely depressed inpatients were treated with 100 mg of nortriptyline nightly. Eighteen patients completed the 4-wk trial. The severity of depression was measured by weekly Hamilton Rating Scale and global rating. Blood for plasma nortriptyline estimation was taken at weekly intervals 12 h following the nighttime dose. There was a 6-fold variation in mean plasma nortriptyline levels, ranging from 120 microgram/L to 681 microgram/L. Patients with high plasma levels (greater than 200 microgram/L) showed significantly poorer clinical responses than those with levels in routine treatment, high plasma nortriptyline levels are significantly less effective than intermediate levels. Single-dose pharmacokinetic data obtained on the same patients showed a highly significant correlation with mean steady-state plasma levels obtained, which themselves correlated with clinical response. The value of predicting high plasma nortriptyline levels which are associated with poor response is discussed.
We present a case with decreased metabolic activity of CYP2D6, a cytochrome P450 enzyme catalyzing the metabolism of nortriptyline (NT). Conventional dosage regimen led to toxic plasma concentration of NT and adverse effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and dizziness in this case with genotype CYP2D6*5/*10B. This case suggests the clinical usefulness of pharmacogenetic testing in individualized dosage adjustments of NT.
We studied outpatients aged ≥ 65 years registered with dementia between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. We reviewed prescription histories, identified anticholinergic prescriptions during the study period using the anticholinergic risk scale (ARS), and examined prescription patterns in the subjects. After analysing the ARS scores for each drug and subject, we performed a statistical analysis of the factors affecting prescription patterns for anticholinergic medications in patients with ARS scores of ≥ 2.
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The NORIG (Nortriptyline for Idiopathic Gastroparesis) trial, a 15-week multicenter, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, double-masked, randomized clinical trial from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium (GpCRC), comparing nortriptyline with placebo for symptomatic relief in idiopathic gastroparesis. One hundred thirty patients with idiopathic gastroparesis were enrolled between March 2009 and June 2012 at 7 US academic medical centers. Patient follow-up was completed in October 2012. Inclusion criteria included delayed gastric emptying and moderate to severe symptom scores using the Gastroparesis Cardinal Symptom Index (GCSI). INTERVENTIONS Nortriptyline vs placebo. Study drug dose was increased at 3-week intervals (10, 25, 50, 75 mg) up to 75 mg at 12 weeks.
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Current evidence suggests that nortriptyline, at doses between 75 and 100 mg, is not significantly associated with serious adverse events when administered in patients without underlying cardiovascular disease.
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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry. Patients with ADHD show increased risk for comorbid psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, tic disorders and disruptive behavior disorders. Using criteria and methods of evidence-based medicine, in this paper possible algorithms for ADHD and comorbid disorders are presented. In conclusion, these algorithms aim to support health care professionals and can serve as guideline in decision making in pharmacotherapy. Stimulants are first-line medication treatment of ADHD without comorbid disorder. In co-existing aggression, major depressive disorder and tic disorder treatment with stimulants should be initialized at first. Only in case of unchanged persistence of comorbid symptoms specific pharmacological therapy should be combined. In comorbid anxiety disorders atomoxetine can be used as first-line treatment.
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The two structurally similar tricyclic antidepressant drugs amitriptyline (AT) and chlorimipramine (CI) were administered to 15 patients in a cross-over study. Approximately equimolar daily doses of the two drugs (5 mumol/kg body weight) were given as commercial tablets. Steady state plasma levels of the parent drugs and the demethyl metabolites were determined by high performance liquid chromatography. An about 5-fold interindividual variation was found in plasma levels of all four compounds. As the reciprocal plasma level during multiple dosing is proportional to the clearance of a compound, this parameter was used for linear regression analysis. In the 15 patients there was a significant correlation between the reciprocal plasma levels of CI and its metabolite demethylchlorimipramine (r = 0.76; p less than 0.001) and also between AT and its metabolite nortriptyline (r = 0.52; p less than 0.05). The reciprocal plasma levels of the parent compounds AT and CI were closely correlated (r = 0.87; p less than 0.001). A similar correlation was found for the demethyl metabolites (r = 0.77; p less than 0.001). The results indicate that similar factors control the plasma levels of AT and CI during treatment and that similar enzymes may be involved in the metabolism of the two drugs.
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Tako-tsubo syndrome (TTS) refers to the apical ballooning of the left ventricle observed when angiographic ventriculography is performed in patients presenting with electrocardiographic changes suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (new transient ST-segment deviation (>0.05 mV) or T-wave inversion (>0.2 mV)), mild elevation of cardiac markers, but normal coronary arteries at the angiogram.
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Two review authors searched for studies and independently extracted data for included studies. Risk of bias was assessed according to the Cochrane Handbook guidance. For continuous outcome measures, we report effect sizes as standardised mean differences (SMDs). For dichotomous outcome measures, we report effect sizes as relative risks (RRs). We obtained pooled effect sizes with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) using the fixed effects model.
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Treatment with some types of antidepressants has been associated with sudden cardiac death. It is unknown whether the increased risk is due to a class effect or related to specific antidepressants within drug classes. All patients in Denmark with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) were identified (2001-2007). Association between treatment with specific antidepressants and OHCA was examined by conditional logistic regression in case-time-control models. We identified 19,110 patients with an OHCA; 2,913 (15.2%) were receiving antidepressant treatment at the time of OHCA, with citalopram being the most frequently used type of antidepressant (50.8%). Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs; odds ratio (OR) = 1.69, confidence interval (CI): 1.14-2.50) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; OR = 1.21, CI: 1.00-1.47) were both associated with comparable increases in risk of OHCA, whereas no association was found for serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors/noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants (SNRIs/NaSSAs; OR = 1.06, CI: 0.81-1.39). The increased risks were primarily driven by: citalopram (OR = 1.29, CI: 1.02-1.63) and nortriptyline (OR = 5.14, CI: 2.17-12.2). An association between cardiac arrest and antidepressant use could be documented in both the SSRI and TCA classes of drugs.
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To clarify the mechanism of interaction between nortriptyline and terbinafine.
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Divalproex sodium has been found to be efficacious in the prophylaxis of migraine headaches and the management of the manic phase of bipolar syndrome. Because amitriptyline is also prescribed in these patient populations, data are needed on their potential for interaction.
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The advantages of combining antidepressants with psychotherapy were equivocal. Neither the treating clinicians nor the independent observers were able to ascertain them, but the patients experienced them clearly.
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These findings suggest: (1) NT has a predictable dose to level relationship, (2) the effect of NT on the EKG in this age group is mild and similar to that reported with other tricyclic antidepressants, and (3) there are few age-specific differences in NT-induced EKG changes.
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Prescription data on anticholinergic agents.
TENS seemed to be equivalent in efficacy to nortriptyline. A significant decrease in visual analog scale scores of pain and/or sensory complaints of the upper extremities occurred in both groups. Of the 29 people treated with TENS, the mean (SD) intensity of pain and/or sensory complaints decreased from 5.3 (1.6) at baseline to 2.8 (1.5) at 8 weeks follow-up (P < 0.001). Correspondingly in the 30 people treated with nortriptyline, the mean (SD) intensity of pain and/or sensory complaints decreased from 4.9 (1.9) to 3.3 (2.1) (P < 0.001). The mean difference in visual analog scale score at 8 weeks follow-up was not significant between the 2 groups (mean difference -0.5; 95% confidence interval, -1.5-0.5).