Depression | Functional Outcome in Postpartum Depression in Women Treated With Desvenlafaxine

Depression research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Postpartum depressed women suffer from functional impairment in their mood, thoughts, cognition and physical well being leading to poor motivation, bonding difficulties, decreased productivity, conflict and neglect. Moderate/ severe depression responds best to a combination of antidepressants and counseling. This study will estimate the proportion of women who return to functionality after treatment with Desvenlafaxine and examine the differential impact of change in depression and anxiety symptoms on functionality over twelve weeks. Depression and anxiety symptoms will be monitored through six mood questionnaires; functional recovery will be monitored through a simple self-report questionnaire at each visit.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: 1. To be able to read and write English. 2. Written informed consent before initiation of any study related procedures. 3. Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) with onset of depressive symptoms within 12 months of delivery. 4. Diagnosis of additional comorbid panic, generalized anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder, if they occur in addition to MDD. 5. Patients will be required to have a score of (greater than or equal than) 25 on the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) at enrolment (moderate to severe depression). 6. Patients need to be referred by their usual treating primary care physician. 7. Those referrals must meet the clinic criteria for accepting referrals so that all potential participants are eligible to receive treatment in the clinic as per usual clinical practice. 8. Patient does not wish to pursue CBT elsewhere. 9. The patient is using an appropriate method of contraception, which may include abstinence, in order to avoid pregnancy during the study. 10. The patient is not currently breastfeeding. Exclusion Criteria: 1. The patient is currently breastfeeding or pregnant. 2. The patient has a significant risk of suicide according to investigator's opinion or presents a score ³5 on item 10 (suicidal thoughts) of the MADRS. 3. The patient meets DSM-IV-TR criteria for: - current Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, - past or current manic or hypomanic episode, - past or current psychotic symptoms or disorder, - current drug or alcohol abuse or dependence, - current eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia). 4. The patient uses the following disallowed recent or concomitant medication within the specified time periods: - any antidepressant or any drug used for augmentation of antidepressant action within the last 1 week and 3 weeks for fluoxetine (longer half life) prior to baseline. Subject's mood will be monitored. - any hypnotics within the last week prior to baseline - oral antipsychotics within 2 weeks or depot antipsychotics within 6 months prior to baseline. - serotonergic medicinal products (for example, triptans, tryptophan, tramadol) within the last week prior to baseline. - Psychoactive herbal remedies (for example, St. Johns Wort, kava kava, valerian, ginkgo biloba) within the last 2 weeks prior to baseline. - any other drug with potential psychotropic effects within the last 2 weeks prior to baseline. - any anticonvulsant drug within the last 2 weeks prior to baseline. - any investigational product within 3 months prior to baseline. 5. The patient is currently receiving formal cognitive or behavioural therapy, systematic psychotherapy elsewhere, or plans to initiate such therapy during the study outside of the clinic. 6. The current depressive symptoms of the patient are considered by the investigator to have been resistant to two well-conducted antidepressant treatments of at least 6 weeks duration. 7. The patient has a serious illness or serious sequelae thereof, including liver or renal insufficiency, or a cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological (including epilepsy), infectious, neoplastic, or metabolic disturbance. (If there is a history of such disease but the condition has been stable for at least one year and is judged by the investigator not to render inclusion unsafe and not to interfere with the patient's participation in the study, the patient may be included).

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Drug:Desvenlafaxine50mg-100mg everyday for 12 weeks over 7 study visits

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

SNRI treatmentParticipants are undergoing pharmacotherapy treatment with Desvenlafaxine (SNRI).

Study Status


Start Date: November 2010

Completed Date: February 2014

Phase: Phase 3

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS)

Secondary Outcome: Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), the Hamilton Rating Scale- Anxiety (HAM-A), the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS), the Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS), and the Penn Sate Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ).

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Shaila Misri, MD

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