Lexapro in the Treatment of Patients With Postpartum Depression
The purpose of this study is to determine if Escitalopram (Lexapro) is effective in the treatment of postpartum depression.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Open Label Variable Dose Escitalopram (Lexapro) in the Treatment of Patients With Postpartum Major Depression: A Pilot Study|
- The primary outcome measure will be remission of major depression, defined as a score of 12 or less on the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale.
- A score of 7 or less on the Hamilton Depression Scale (21 item) will be used as a secondary measure of remission.
|Study Start Date:||February 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Primary objectives: Remission of Major Depression: To determine the efficacy of a flexibly titrated dose of Escitalopram (10mg to 20 mg) in the treatment of women with postpartum depression. The primary outcome measure will be remission of major depression, defined as a score of 12 or less on the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale. A score of 7 or less on the Hamilton Depression Scale (21 item) will be used as a secondary measure of remission. The null hypothesis is that flexibly dosed Escitalopram does not lead to remission of major depression based on total MADRS scores after 8 weeks of treatment.
- To determine if treatment with Escitalopram is effective in achieving significant reduction in symptoms of postpartum depression as measured on several instruments: HAM-D 21, CGI, Beck Depression Inventory, Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Specifically, a response will be defined as a reduction of the total scores of 50% or more from baseline on the MADRS or HAM-D 21.
- To determine the tolerability, safety and some dosing considerations for Escitalopram in this special subpopulation of depressed patients. Adverse events data (clinical and laboratory), compliance and early termination will be used as outcome measures.
- To determine in a post-hoc analysis if pre-study anxiety levels as measured with HAM-A correlate with primary and secondary outcomes.
|United States, New York|
|University of Rochester|
|Rochester, New York, United States, 14642|
|Principal Investigator:||Linda H Chaudron, MD, MS||University of Rochester|