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Permanent Link: ECT Lessons-I’ve-Learned #5: after ECT, treatment continues

Posted Jul 24 2009 12:00am

My psychiatrist Dr. A tore out  for me a new article from this month’s Archives of General Psychiatry entitled “ Effect of Concomitant Pharmacotherapy on Electroconvulsive Therapy Outcomes.” Written by Harold Sackeim, et al., their research found that “treatment with nortriptyline (a second-generation tricyclic)  enhanced the efficacy and reduced the cognitive adverse effects of ECT relative to the placebo, and Venlafaxine (Effexor)  resulted in weaker degree of improvement and tended to worsen cognitive adverse effects (but still better than placebo).” They also concluded that high-dosage right unilateral ECT equaled or surpassed in efficacy to bilateral ECT and caused less cognitive side effects. ( Here’s an article about this study from Medical News Today. )


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