Increased Frequency of First-Episode Poststroke Depression After Discontinuation of Escitalopram

Department of Psychiatry, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.
Stroke (Impact Factor: 5.72). 08/2011; 42(11):3281-3. DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.626507
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The purpose of this study was to compare escitalopram, problem-solving therapy, and placebo to prevent poststroke depression during 6 months after discontinuation of treatment.
We examined for depression 33 patients assigned to placebo, 34 to escitalopram, and 41 to problem-solving therapy.
After controlling for age, gender, prior mood disorder, and severity of stroke, new-onset major depression and Hamilton Depression scores were significantly higher 6 months after escitalopram was discontinued compared with the problem-solving therapy or placebo groups.
Discontinuation of escitalopram may increase poststroke depressive symptoms.

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