Maintenance Therapy With Fluoxetine in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA.
Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology (Impact Factor: 3.24). 05/2005; 25(2):166-9. DOI: 10.1097/
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The effect of fluoxetine (FLU) in posttraumatic stress disorder was studied in a one-year trial. Subjects received open-label treatment for 6 months, followed by double-blind randomized treatment with FLU or placebo (PBO) for 6 months. Rates of relapse were compared using the Clinical Global Impressions of Improvement. One hundred twenty-three subjects entered open-label treatment, of whom 114 returned at least once. Sixty-two subjects were randomized to receive FLU or PBO, of whom 57 returned at least once and were analyzed. The dose of FLU ranged from 10 to 60 mg/d; at randomization, mean doses were 48.6 and 42.1 mg for FLU and PBO groups. Rates of relapse were 22% for FLU versus 50% for PBO (P = 0.02), and time to relapse on FLU was longer than for PBO (P = 0.02, log-rank statistic). The odds ratio for relapse on PBO relative to FLU was 3.50. No significant differences were found on other measures. Fluoxetine was well tolerated during double-blind treatment.

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    • "Patients who were randomized to fluoxetine continued to improve significantly on the clinical and PTSD severity scores, as well as in anxiety and depression symptoms. Davidson et al. (2005), randomized 62 subjects to 6 months continuation treatment with fluoxetine or placebo after the same period of open-label treatment (max. 60 mg/d) with fluoxetine. "
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