Three hundred in- and outpatients suffering from depressive disorder, as diagnosed using DSM-III criteria were treated for 6 weeks under double-blind conditions in a multicenter controlled study of tianeptine vs. amitriptyline. Both groups presented steady improvement of depressive syndrome from day 7 up to the end of the treatment, as shown by all evaluation scales: HDRS, SAD, CGI. Furthermore, anxiety linked to the depressive syndrome decreased equally in both groups, as shown by the HARS measurements. In addition to the improvement of mood, the tianeptine-treated patients presented less somatic complaints and side effects when compared to the reference antidepressant. These results confirm previous findings that tianeptine is an effective antidepressant with a lower side effect profile than amitriptyline.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
- Somatic complaints
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health