ORIGINAL ARTICLESAcetylsalicylic acid accelerates the antidepressant effect of fluoxetine in the chronic escape deficit model of depressionBrunello, Nicolettaa; Alboni, Silviaa; Capone, Giacomoa; Benatti, Cristinaa; Blom, Joan M.C.a; Tascedda, Fabioa; Kriwin, Philippeb; Mendlewicz, JuliencAuthor Information aDepartment of Biomedical Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy bEuropean Communication Agency, Brussels, Belgium cDepartment of Psychiatry, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium Correspondence and requests for reprints to Professor Nicoletta Brunello, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 287, Modena, Italy E-mail: email@example.com Received 11 October 2005; Accepted 10 January 2006 International Clinical Psychopharmacology: July 2006 - Volume 21 - Issue 4 - p 219-225 Buy Abstract Evidence has accumulated suggesting that major depression is associated with dysfunction of inflammatory mediators. Moreover, antidepressants show an anti-inflammatory action possibly related to their clinical efficacy. An improvement in psychiatric symptoms has been recently reported in patients treated with anti-inflammatory drugs for other indications. These data imply that inflammation may be involved in the pathogenesis of depression and that anti-inflammatory drugs may be used as an adjunctive therapy. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the behavioural effect of the co-administration of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, 45 mg/kg or 22.5 mg/kg) and fluoxetine (FLX, 5 mg/kg) in the chronic escape deficit model of depression. The chronic escape deficit model is based on the modified reactivity of rats to external stimuli induced by exposure to unavoidable stress and allows evaluation of the capacity of a treatment to revert the condition of escape deficit. In this model, FLX alone needs to be administered for at least 3 weeks to revert this condition. Our results show that combined treatment of fluoxetine and ASA completely reverted the condition of escape deficit by as early as 7 days, the effect being already partially present after 4 days. The effect was maintained after 14 and 21 days of treatment. ASA alone was ineffective at any time tested and the effect of fluoxetine was significant only at 21 days. These results, together with clinical data from preliminary results, suggest that ASA might accelerate the onset of action of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.