Yet Another Antidepressant May Help Treat Anxiety
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But whether Effexor showed real therapeutic value remains unclear, says
Walton Roth, MD, who reviewed the study for WebMD. "One problem with the
study as it is written is that it is unclear whether the ... improvement [seen]
is great enough to be clinically important," Roth says. "The
differences in change between drug and placebo do not seem very large."
Roth is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford
University School of Medicine in California.
But based on the study data, Rickels believes Effexor is a good drug for
patients who need therapy lasting longer than four weeks. "We assume that
the drug is safe for the long term, but there is no good data available,"
he says. "It has been used as an antidepressant, and there is safety data
for that purpose ... but there is no good data on how long patients with GAD
will need to take this drug."
He recommends that more studies be conducted, not only to determine the
safety of Effexor for use in anxiety disorders, but also to see if it is
This study was funded by Wyeth-Ayerst, makers of Effexor.
- Effexor is an antidepressant medication, but researchers have found that it
also may be effective in treating anxiety.
- Other medications for anxiety have potential problems, such as taking a
long time to start working or having the potential to be addictive.
- Experts say that more studies are needed to determine whether Effexor is
truly effective and safe for treating anxiety.