A review of FDA-approved treatment options in bipolar depression
1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CNS spectrums
(Impact Factor: 2.71).
11/2013; 18(s1):4-20. DOI: 10.1017/S1092852913000746
Objectives/Introduction Herein we review the evidence supporting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and emerging treatments for bipolar depression.
A PubMed search of all English-language articles published up to July 2013 was conducted. The search terms were quetiapine, olanzapine-fluoxetine, olanzapine, lurasidone, ketamine, modafinil/armodafinil, and lamotrigine. The search was augmented with a manual review of relevant article reference lists, as well as posters presented at national and international meetings. Articles selected for review were based on the adequacy of sample size, the use of standardized diagnostic instruments, validated assessment measures, and overall manuscript quality.
Olanzapine-fluoxetine combination (OFC), quetiapine, and lurasidone are FDA-approved for the acute treatment of bipolar depression. Lurasidone is the most recently approved agent for bipolar depression. Olanzapine-fluoxetine combination and quetiapine are approved as single modality therapies while lurasidone is approved as a monotherapy and as an adjunct to lithium or divalproex. The overall effect size of the 3 treatments in mitigating depressive symptoms is similar. Clinically significant weight gain and metabolic disruption as well as sedation are significant limitations of OFC and quetiapine. The minimal propensity for weight gain as well as the metabolic neutrality of lurasidone in the bipolar population is a clinically significant advantage. Evidence also supports lamotrigine with compelling evidence as an adjunct to lithium and in recurrence prevention paradigm; suggested evidence also exists for ketamine and modafinil/armodafinil; notwithstanding, these treatments remain investigational.
Relatively few agents are FDA-approved for bipolar depression. The selection and sequencing of agents in bipolar depression should give primacy to those agents that are FDA-approved. Further refinement of the selection process will need to pay careful attention to the relative hazards of weight gain and metabolic disruption in this highly susceptible population. Other agents with differential mechanisms (eg, ketamine) offer a promising alternative in bipolar depression.
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ABSTRACT: The discovery that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine are present and bioaccumulate in aquatic ecosystems have spurred studies of fish serotonin transporters (SERTs) and changes in SSRI-sensitive behaviors as adverse outcomes relevant for risk assessment. Many SSRIs also act at serotonin 5-HT1A receptors. Since capitalizing on this action may improve treatments of clinical depression and other psychiatric disorders, novel multimodal drugs that agonize 5-HT1A and block SERT were introduced. In mammals both 5-HT1A and CB agonists, such as buspirone and WIN55,212-2, reduce anxious behaviors. Immunological and behavioral evidence suggests that 5-HT1A-like receptors may function similarly in zebrafish (Danio rerio), yet their pharmacological properties are not well characterized. Herein we compared the density of [(3)H] 8-hydroxy-2-di-n-propylamino tetralin (8-OH-DPAT) binding to 5-HT1A-like sites in the zebrafish brain, to that of similarly Gαi/o-coupled cannabinoid receptors. [(3)H] 8-OH-DPAT specific binding was 176±8, 275±32, and 230±36fmol/mg protein in the hypothalamus, optic tectum, and telencephalon. [(3)H] WIN55,212-2 binding density was higher in those same brain regions at 6±0.3, 5.5±0.4 and 7.3±0.3pm/mg protein. The aquatic light-dark plus maze was used to examine behavioral effects of 5-HT1A and CB receptor agonists on zebrafish novelty-based anxiety. With acute exposure to the 5-HT1A partial-agonist buspirone (50mg/L), or dietary exposure to WIN55,212-2 (7μg/week) zebrafish spent more time in and/or entered white arms more often than controls (p<0.05). Acute exposure to WIN55,212-2 at 0.5-50mg/L reduced mobility. These behavioral findings suggest that azipirones, like cannabinoid agonists, have anxiolytic and/or sedative properties on fish in novel environments. These observations highlight the need to consider potential ecological risks of azapirones and multimodal antidepressants in the future.
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ABSTRACT: The majority of patients with bipolar disorder spend a lot of time in depressive episodes that impose a great burden on patients, caregivers, and society and accounts for the largest part of the morbidity-mortality of the illness. Lurasidone is an atypical antipsychotic with a potent binding affinity as antagonist for D2, 5-HT2A, 5-HT7, and partial agonist at 5-HT1A receptors. Affinity for other receptors as H1 and muscarinic were negligible. Lurasidone was approved in 2010 for the treatment of schizophrenia and recently, 2013, for bipolar depression in monotherapy and an adjunct to lithium or valproate. Clinical trials have established that lurasidone adjuvant to lithium or valproate has more efficacy than the placebo and is associated with minimal weight gain and no clinically meaningful alterations in glucose, lipids, or the QT interval. Additional studies are desirable to know the clinical profile of lurasidone in long-term treatment, in patients with bipolar II disorders, and versus other antipsychotic agents.
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ABSTRACT: Bipolar disorder (BD) is one of the world's ten most disabling conditions. More options are urgently needed for treating bipolar depressive episodes and for safer, more tolerable long-term maintenance treatment. We reviewed 30 recent clinical trials in depressive episodes (eight tested compounds) and 14 clinical trials in maintenance treatment (ten tested compounds). Positive results in Phase III trials, regulatory approval and/or new therapeutic indications were obtained with some of the developing drugs, particularly for depressive episodes. The current BD pipeline is encouraging with promising new compounds, acting on novel pharmacological targets and on specific aspects of bipolar depression.
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