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Of 580 patients randomly assigned to short-term, double-blind treatment with either mirtazapine, amitriptyline or placebo, a total of 217 patients clinically judged to be responders subsequently continued on the same medication for up to 2 years in the long-term treatment study (mirtazapine, n = 74; amitriptyline, n = 86 and placebo, n = 57). The efficacy(More)
An important issue in judging the therapeutic potential of a new antidepressant drug is the effect size it generates in placebo-controlled trials which has to be compared with the effect of an active control. As this effect size tends to vary substantially it is not easy to predict the sample size in a clinical trial. We carried out two dose finding(More)
There is a widely spread belief that different patients are being recruited into antidepressant clinical trials conducted in Europe and the USA which is probably generated by the fact that recruitment strategies vary between the two continents. In order to get an insight into the patients' characteristics in clinical studies on both continents, we compared(More)
The issue of early onset of action (EOA) of an antidepressant was addressed by several authors. Unfortunately so far there is neither consensus nor convention on the definitions of EOA, or on measures and methods of assessments. There are several quite different approaches to the statistical analysis of the data. Our objective was to compare the results(More)
We have analysed the trial results obtained in two placebo and imipramine controlled double blind studies with a new psychotropic compound. Statistical analysis as outlined in the protocol showed a rather meagre therapeutic effect of imipramine of 1.53 points difference on HAMD-17 total score in comparison to placebo. In order to increase the discriminative(More)
A meta-analysis was performed on efficacy and safety data from 4 randomized, double-blind, 6-week, single-center studies comparing mirtazapine (n = 194; 5-35 mg/day) with amitriptyline (n = 193, 40-280 mg/day) and placebo (n = 193) in outpatients with a DSM-III diagnosis of major depressive episode. On all the main efficacy variables both active drugs(More)
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