Augmentation strategies with tricyclic or fluoxetine treatment in seven partially responsive panic disorder patients

Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, NY.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.5). 03/1994; 55(2):66-9.
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Although panic disorder is generally responsive to single antidepressant pharmacotherapy, a substantial percentage of patients fail either to respond adequately or to maintain a therapeutic response.
The authors report on seven consecutive openly treated patients with panic disorder who showed inadequate antipanic responses to treatment regimens including either a tricyclic (TCA) or fluoxetine. Those patients taking a TCA had fluoxetine added and those patients taking fluoxetine had a TCA added.
All seven patients showed an improvement in antipanic response to the combination treatment.
The current case series is the first, to our knowledge, to suggest that the combination of a TCA and fluoxetine may provide a viable pharmacotherapeutic option for panic disorder patients who have failed to respond to an adequate trial of either a TCA or fluoxetine. Appropriate controlled studies are recommended.

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