Research Update

Melatonin vs Memantine for ECT-Related Cognitive Impairment

Topics: Cognitive impairment | ECT | Melatonin | Memantine

Review of: Sarraf N et al, J Clin Neurosci 2020;74:146–150 Many patients hesitate to accept ECT because of the treatment’s adverse effects on cognitive function. Memantine (Namenda)—an NMDA receptor antagonist approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease—has been shown to be more effective than placebo in preventing cognitive impairmen

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Expert Q&A

Getting Uncomfortable with Esketamine

Topics: Antidepressant Augmentation | Antidepressants | Brain Devices | Depression | Depressive Disorder | ECT | Esketamine | Free Articles | Ketamine | Neurotoxicity | Novel Medications | rTMS | Suicidality | TMS | Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation | Treatment-Resistant Depression

Esketamine (Spravato) was approved for treatment-resistant depression in 2019. In this interview, Dr. Williams (who has no relationship with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc) addresses some lingering doubts that have been raised about the medicine. TCPR: Where does esketamine fit in the list of interventional therapies for depression, like repetitive tra

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Research Update

Pilot Study of Ketamine vs ECT for Major Depression

Topics: ECT | Esketamine | Ketamine | Suicide | Treatment-Resistant Depression

REVIEW OF: Kheirabadi D et al, J Clin Psychopharm 2020;40(6):588–593 STUDY TYPE: Randomized controlled trial Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has long been the gold standard for severe or treatment-refractory depression (TRD). However, it has two major drawbacks: it involves anesthesia and it may be associated with memory impairment. Ketamine has

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Clinical Update

ECT Worked: Now What?

Topics: Antidepressant Augmentation | Depression | Depressive Disorder | ECT | Free Articles | Lithium | Treatment-Resistant Depression

Juan is a 72-year-old man with severe depression who has not responded to numerous antidepressant trials. He is reluctant to undergo a course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), but agrees to do so if one last medication trial doesn’t work. After failing to respond to escitalopram augmented with aripiprazole, Juan receives a course of ECT and has a te

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