Taking the guesswork out of prescribing an antidepressant that works
Posted Mar 11 2010 7:53am
Divining the Right Drug ,Scientific American reports on a new device that may take the guesswork out of prescribing an antidepressant that works.
Imagine suffering from the crushing weight of major depression, then finally getting diagnosed and starting treatment with a drugonly to realize after two months that the medication, despite its unpleasant side effects, is not alleviating your depression. Unfortunately, this experience is far from rare: more than two thirds of patients with depression have no luck with the first medication they are prescribed and must also endure the withdrawal effects that come with discontinuing a drug before trying a new one. Finding the right treatment can prove a lengthy, painful process of trial and error. A new technology, however, may bypass this ordeal by gauging very early in a treatment regimen how well a drug is working based on the patient’s brain waves. continue reading