Moclobemide Versus Fluoxetine for Major Depressive Episodes

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The efficacy and tolerability of moclobemide (300 or 600 mg daily) and fluoxetine (20 or 40 mg daily) were compared in a 6-week, double-blind study of 25 inpatients and 24 outpatients who had major depressive episodes without psychotic features (DSM-III-R). Although the clinical results of this study suggest better efficacy with moclobemide and better tolerability with fluoxetine, a statistically significant difference between treatment groups was noted only with respect to Clinical Global Impressions recorded after 10 days of therapy; these were significantly better in the moclobemide group. A daily dosage of 300 mg of moclobemide and 20 mg of fluoxetine would thus appear to be comparable both in antidepressant efficacy and tolerability.

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