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A double-blind comparison of amitriptylinoxide versus doxepine in the treatment of severe depression.

Author(s): Konig W, Heinrich T, Diehl B

Affiliation(s): Psychiatrisches Landeskrankenhaus Weinsberg, FRG.

Publication date & source: 1994-05, Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry., 18(3):491-6.

Publication type: Clinical Trial; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial

In a double-blind parallel group study the efficacy and safety of amitriptylinoxide were evaluated vs. doxepine in the treatment of in-patients with severe depression. Two groups of 22 patients each received amitriptylinoxide and doxepine respectively at a daily dosage of 120-360 mg for a period of 4 weeks. The total score on the Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD) was reduced with amitriptylinoxide on an average from 28 +/- 5 before treatment to 12 +/- 8 at the end of treatment, with doxepine from 29 +/- 8 to 13 +/- 11. Of the amitriptylinoxide-treated patients, 12 showed a more than 50% reduction in this score compared with 15 under doxepine. The difference was not statistically significant. Twenty patients in each group experienced adverse drug reactions, the percentage of anticholinergic side effects being equal in the two groups.

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