Venlafaxine keeps the blues away
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Wyeth-Ayerst’s venlafaxine [‘Effexor’] appears to provide better remission rates in patients with depression compared with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These results, from a meta-analysis of 8 clinical studies, were presented at the 11th World Congress of Psychiatry [ Hamburg, Germany; August 1999 ]. Also presented were trials showing that venlafaxine improves cognition in elderly patients with depression compared with dothiepin, and that extended-release (XR) venlafaxine is effective in preventing relapse in patients with depression.