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Omega-3 Supports Major Depressive Disorder
Published Saturday, May 3, 2008 4:00 am

TEHRAN, IranA recent trial study at Tehran University of Medical Sciences compared eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and fluoxetine (Prozac), separately and combined, in major depressive disorder (Aus N Eng J Psych. 2008;42(3):192-98). Sixty outpatients, diagnosed with major depressive disorder, were randomly assigned either 1000 mg/d of EPA, 20 mg/d of fluoxetine or a combination for eight weeks. The combination of EPA and fluoxetine was significantly better than fluoxetine or EPA alone from the fourth week of treatment. Fluoxetine and EPA appeared to be equally effective in controlling depressive symptoms. The response rates were 50 percent, 56 percent and 81 percent in the fluoxetine, EPA and combination groups, respectively.

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