The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy and tolerability of Seroquel
monotherapy for the treatment of Major Depression with Psychotic features with Seroquel plus
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
The secondary aim of the study is to assess the safety and efficacy of the combination of
quetiapine XR and SSRIs in patients with the diagnosis of PsyD. Metabolic factors including
fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and fasting lipids (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and
triglycerides) will be obtained at screen and at the 8-week endpoint of the study to assess
the impact of treatment on the development of risk factors for metabolic syndrome. Measures
of cognitive function (MGH Cognitive and Physical Functioning Questionnaire and RBANS) (Fava
et al. 2006; Randolph et al. 1998) will be obtained at screen and the 8-week endpoint of the
study to assess the impact of treatment on cognitive function.
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: 85 Years.
1. Written informed consent
2. Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features by the DSM-IV
3. Females and Males between the ages of 18-85 years.
4. Female patients of childbearing potential must be using a reliable method of
contraception and have a negative urine human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test at
5. Able to understand and comply with the requirements of the study
6. Initial HAM-D-17 score of > 16, both at the screen visit and at the baseline visit.
7. Participants must have an initial BPRS score of > 25 and at least one of the
following: > 5 for item 1, > 5 for item 5, > 5 for item 8, > 4 for item 9, > 1 for
item 10, > 1 for item 11; these BPRS criteria msut be met both at the screen visit
and at the baseline visit.
8. Participants must have an initial CGI score of > 2, both at the screen visit and at
the baseline visit.
1. Pregnancy or lactation
2. Any DSM-IV Axis I disorder not defined in the inclusion criteria
3. Patients who, in the opinion of the investigator, pose an imminent risk of suicide or
a danger to self or others
4. Known intolerance or lack of response to quetiapine fumarate, as judged by the
5. Use of any of the following cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitors in the 14 days preceding
enrolment including but not limited to: ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole,
erythromycin, clarithromycin, troleandomycin, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir,
fluvoxamine and saquinavir
6. Use of any of the following cytochrome P450 inducers in the 14 days preceding
enrollment including but not limited to: phenytoin, carbamazepine, barbiturates,
rifampin, St. John's Wort, and glucocorticoids
7. Administration of a depot antipsychotic injection within one dosing interval (for the
depot) before randomization
8. Substance or alcohol dependence within the past three months (except dependence in
full remission, and except for caffeine or nicotine dependence), as defined by DSM-IV
9. Opiates, amphetamine, barbiturate, cocaine, cannabis, or hallucinogen abuse by DSM-IV
criteria within 4 weeks prior to enrolment
10. Medical conditions that would affect absorption, distribution, metabolism, or
excretion of study treatment
11. Unstable or inadequately treated medical illness (e. g. diabetes, angina pectoris,
hypertension) as judged by the investigator
12. Involvement in the planning and conduct of the study
13. Previous enrolment or randomization of treatment in the present study.
14. Participation in another drug trial within 4 weeks prior enrollment into this study
or longer in accordance with local requirements
15. A patient with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) fulfilling one of the following criteria:
- Unstable DM defined as enrollment glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) > 8. 5%.
- Admitted to hospital for treatment of DM or DM related illness in past 12 weeks.
- Not under physician care for DM.
- Physician responsible for patient's DM care has not indicated that patient's DM
- Physician responsible for patient's DM care has not approved patient's
participation in the study
- Has not been on the same dose of oral hypoglycaemic drug(s) and/or diet for the
4 weeks prior to randomization. For thiazolidinediones (glitazones) this period
should not be less than 8 Weeks.
- Taking insulin whose daily dose on one occasion in the past 4 weeks has been
more than 10% above or below their mean dose in the preceding 4 weeks
16. An absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of 1. 5 x 10^9 per liter
17. Patients with a history seizure disorder; unstable physical disorders
(cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurologic, or hematologic);
or any physical disorder judged to significantly affect central nervous system
18. Patients who are currently treated with antidepressants other than the selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with mood stabilizing or antipsychotic drugs other
19. Patients with known arrhythmias or arrhythmias noted on screening EKG.
20. Outpatients with a CGI score of 7.