Treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia: a randomized, open-label, parallel-group, flexible-dose subgroup analysis of patients treated with extended-release quetiapine fumarate or risperidone

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Abstract

The present analysis assessed the efficacy of extended-release quetiapine fumarate (quetiapine XR) versus risperidone in patients with schizophrenia and depressive symptoms [Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) score≥20 and a HAM-D item 1 score≥2]. This was a subanalysis of patients with schizophrenia from a randomized, open-label, parallel-group, flexible-dose study (NCT00640562) that also enrolled patients with schizoaffective disorder. The primary endpoint of this noninferiority study was change from baseline to week 12 in Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia score (per protocol population). Overall, 114 patients received quetiapine XR (n=60; 400–800 mg/day) or risperidone (n=54; 4–6 mg/day). Change in Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia score was greater for quetiapine XR than for risperidone [least squares means: −7.2 vs. −4.8; treatment difference 2.4 (95% confidence interval 0.3–4.6; P<0.05)]. Adverse events (≥3%) among patients receiving quetiapine XR were sedation, somnolence, and dry mouth, and among those receiving risperidone were anxiety, insomnia, asthenia, hyperprolactinemia, and somnolence. Abnormally high prolactin levels were reported for 57.6 and 8.1% of patients receiving risperidone and quetiapine XR, respectively. Quetiapine XR was superior to risperidone at reducing depressive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.

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