Memantine Plus Es-citalopram in Elderly Depressed Patients With Cognitive Impairment
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35 depressed and cognitively impaired patients were recruited from the Late Life Depression and Memory Disorders Clinic at Columbia University Medical Center.
Any patients who were diagnosed with schizophrenia, psychoses, bipolar disorder, or alcohol/substance dependence (within the last 6 months) were excluded from participating in the study. Patients already on an effective anti-depressant, non-responders to citalopram/es-citalopram, and those on cholinesterase inhibitors/memantine were also excluded.
Es-citalopram and Memantine Treatment
This group received concurrent es-c...
This group received concurrent es-citalopram plus memantine treatment for 48 weeks. Patients ranged in age from 50-90 years old. Es-citalopram treatment began at 10mg per day for two weeks and was increased to 20mg per day for the 48 week duration. If a patient had an inadequate response to the antidepressant on two consecutive visits, the study physician used an alternative. At two weeks into the study, the patients were started on memantine 5mg, and the maximum dose of 20mg was reached by the six week point.