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International Clinical Psychopharmacology:
doi: 10.1097/YIC.0000000000000011
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Pooled analysis of adjunct extended-release quetiapine fumarate in patients with major depressive disorder according to ongoing SSRI or SNRI treatment

Bauer, Michaela; Demyttenaere, Koenb; El-Khalili, Nizarc; Thase, Michael E.d; Papakostas, George I.e; Szamosi, Johanf; Earley, Willie R.g; Eriksson, Hansf

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Abstract

This pooled analysis evaluated the efficacy of extended-release quetiapine fumarate (quetiapine XR) adjunct to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Pooled data were analyzed from two 6-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials of adjunct quetiapine XR (150 and 300 mg/day) in patients with MDD and inadequate response to initial antidepressant monotherapy. This post-hoc analysis included evaluation of change from randomization at week 6 in Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) total scores (primary endpoint), and week 6 MADRS response and remission rates for quetiapine XR as an adjunct to ongoing SSRI or SNRI. In total, 189, 178, and 202 patients received quetiapine XR 150 mg/day+SSRI, 300 mg/day+SSRI, and placebo+SSRI, respectively, whereas 82, 90, and 76 patients, respectively, received quetiapine XR 150 mg/day+SNRI, 300 mg/day+SNRI, and placebo+SNRI. At week 6, quetiapine XR 150 mg/day+SSRI and 300 mg/day+SSRI reduced the MADRS total score from randomization versus placebo+SSRI [least squares mean (LSM) change, −14.70 (P<0.05) −14.72 (P<0.05) vs. –12.59, respectively]. Quetiapine XR 150 mg/day+SNRI (LSM change, –14.68, P<0.01) and 300 mg/day+SNRI (LSM change, –14.99, P<0.01) also reduced the MADRS total score from randomization at week 6 versus placebo+SNRI (−10.77). In conclusion, in patients with MDD and inadequate response to ongoing antidepressant, adjunct quetiapine XR (150 and 300 mg/day) was effective in both SSRI and SNRI subgroups.

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