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  1. Antidepressant Effexor Beats Prozac and Zoloft

    March 16, 2000 (New York) -- In two head-to-head comparison studies, people with major depression treated with Effexor (venlafaxine) were more likely to recover completely than those treated with either Prozac (fluoxetine) or Zoloft (sertraline). "These findings are important because up until [now],

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  2. Role Reversal

    Lorraine Bracco, as psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos, HBO's smash hit, is cool and calm talking with Tony Soprano about the mobster's depression. But when she remembers the start of her own real-life battle with depression, her voice rises with passion. "It hit me that it had been months

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  3. One Woman's Battle With Depression

    October 2000 should have been the happiest time of my life. I was 27 years old, I'd recently married a wonderful man, we'd bought our first house, and I'd landed a job I'd wanted for years as a mental health therapist. So why did I feel sad and unsatisfied with my life? To find out, I began seeing a

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  4. Wellbutrin XL Goes Generic

    Dec. 15, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL (bupropion). In 2005, Wellbutrin XL -- the latest version of Wellbutrin -- was the 21st highest-selling brand-name drug in the U.S, with sales totaling more than $1.3 million, according to the online

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  5. FDA May Expand Antidepressant Warning

    Dec. 13, 2006 -- The FDA said Wednesday it planned to expand warnings on up to a dozen antidepressant medications following studies suggesting the drugs raise the risk of suicidal behavior in a wider range of patients than previously thought. In 2004, the agency ordered "black box" warnings to be ad

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  6. Chronic Cough Can Be Depressing

    Dec. 11, 2006 -- Chronic cough is often accompanied by depression , and when chronic cough eases, people may feel better. So say doctors at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. They studied 100 patients with chronic cough -- defined as cough lasting for more

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  7. First-Time Mom: Higher Depression Risk

    Dec. 5, 2006 -- First-time mothers have a higher risk for postpartum depression than other new moms, and their risk is greatest during their first three months of parenthood, a Danish study shows. Compared with women who had given birth 11 to 12 months earlier, first-time mothers were found to have

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  8. Taste Test for Depression Drugs

    Dec. 5, 2006 -- It might be possible to create a taste test to help in choosing a depression drug. So say British researchers who studied taste and brain chemicals linked to depression. They include the University of Bristol's Jan Melichar, MBBS, MRCPsych, and Lucy Donaldson, PhD. "This is very exci

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  9. Study Says Depression May Weaken Bones

    Oct. 30, 2006 -- Depression from ongoing stress may weaken bones, making osteoporosis more likely, a new study shows. The study is based on mice, not people, but it indicates a mind-bone link, the researchers note. The findings "point for the first time to depression as an important element in causi

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  10. New Warning on Effexor Overdoses

    Oct. 25, 2006 -- The antidepressant drug Effexor has new labeling about reported overdoses, mainly when the drug is taken with alcohol and/or other drugs. The label notes published studies showing that Effexor's risk of fatal overdoses may be higher than the class of antidepressants known as selecti

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