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Efficacy of quetiapine in patients with bipolar I and II depression: a multicenter, prospective, open-label, observational study

Authors Jeong J, Bahk W, Woo YS, Seo H, Hong S, Jon D, Min KJ, Yoon B

Received 3 December 2012

Accepted for publication 8 January 2013

Published 8 February 2013 Volume 2013:9 Pages 197—204


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Jong-Hyun Jeong,1 Won-Myong Bahk,1 Young Sup Woo,1 Ho-Jun Seo,1 Seung-Chul Hong,1 Duk-In Jon,2 Kyung Joon Min,3 Bo-Hyun Yoon4

1Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, The Catholic of University of Korea, Seoul, 2Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Anyang, 3Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 4Naju National Hospital, Naju, Korea

Purpose: To evaluate and compare the therapeutic efficacy of quetiapine in bipolar I and II depression patients in the clinical setting.
Patients and methods: This was an 8-week, multicenter, open-label, observational study for bipolar depression. The dosage of quetiapine was flexible, and concomitant medications were permitted on clinician's judgments. A total of 1097 patients were enrolled, and 764 bipolar depression patients who exhibited good therapeutic compliance (>75% compliance rate) were analyzed.
Results: Clinical Global Impression – Bipolar scale and Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale scores were significantly improved at weeks four and eight compared with the baseline scores. At the end of the 8-week study, the response rate was 58.9%, and the remission rate was 42.1%. However, there were no significant differences in the response and remission rates between bipolar I and II disorder (BD-I and BD-II) patients (response rate 60.1% versus 56.3%; remission rate 44.5% versus 37.0%). Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale score at baseline (β = 0.612, P < 0.001), duration of current episode (β = −0.152, P = 0.001), and presence of remission on previous episode (β = 0.111, P = 0.012) were significantly associated with improvements in depressive symptoms. Fatigue (16.0%), somnolence (14.9%), and manic/hypomanic switching (0.6% at week four, 0.3% at week eight) were observed throughout the study period.
Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that quetiapine improves depressive symptoms in BD-I and BD-II patients with a minimal incidence of manic switching. The therapeutic efficacy of quetiapine increased with time. Quetiapine could be an effective and safe modality for the treatment of BD-I and BD-II.

Keywords: bipolar depression, quetiapine, therapeutic efficacy, observational study

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