To evaluate the tolerability and response to escitalopram in Indian patients with major depression, over an 8-week open-label multicentric study was carried out among 18-65 years old Indian patients suffering from DSM IV major depressive disorder with Montgomery-Asberg depression rating scale (MADRS) total score≥22. Patients received a fixed dose of escitalopram 10 mg daily for 2 weeks, followed by flexible dose of 10 to 20 mg daily for 6 weeks. Patients were evaluated for depression and rated on MADRS score and clinical global impressions-severity (CGI-S) and - improvement (CGI-I) scores. They were monitored for treatment-emergent adverse effects. A total of 119 patients were enrolled and 103 completed the trial. There was a decrease from baseline in the MADRS total score after one week of treatment continuing until 8 weeks. By week 8, 76.9% patients had responded to treatment (≥50% or more reduction of MADRS total score). A similar pattern of improvement to that seen with the MADRS total score was seen with CGI-S and CGI-I scores. Escitalopram was well tolerated, with only 2 patients (1.7%) withdrawing from the study due to adverse events. There were no serious adverse events.
|Journal||Journal of the Indian Medical Association|
|Publication status||Published - 01-07-2007|
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