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Posted by: dw | 2011/03/01

new antipressant being released

Hi Doc, what do you know about this new antidepressant that is coming out in May/June. It is supposed to have no effect on sex drive, which will definately help me. How does it work compared to Venlor? Thanks in advance. dw

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There are always new antidepressants coming out, and in the earliest stages only the most promising POSSIBLE benefits are reported.
There have indeed been some newer ADs developed which work mainly on different chemical pathways to the older established ADS, and some might indeed have less likelihood of causing sexual side-effects. Only time will tell.
A load of research is required before any new drug can be released on the market, but this uses methods which are useful in some ways, but tend to a bias in favour of the new drug. Only when it is released and much more widely used, IF it is then properly evaluated ( which is usually neither required nor funded ) can one then get a better snse of its best place among the alternatives available
Some GPs and shrinks, unfortunately, are too keen to leap on any new druig and prescribe it for everyone, rather than taking the time to use it more cautiously and discover its actual advantages and disadvantages.

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Posted by: kevin | 2011/03/02

hope your talking about valdoxan, not pristiq, If Valdoxan, thats exciting as it has proven in clinical trials to be superior to SSRI''s slightly, but clinically significant, how do u know its coming in may or june?

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Posted by: Yes | 2011/03/01

Does it cause major brain damage?

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011/03/01

There are always new antidepressants coming out, and in the earliest stages only the most promising POSSIBLE benefits are reported.
There have indeed been some newer ADs developed which work mainly on different chemical pathways to the older established ADS, and some might indeed have less likelihood of causing sexual side-effects. Only time will tell.
A load of research is required before any new drug can be released on the market, but this uses methods which are useful in some ways, but tend to a bias in favour of the new drug. Only when it is released and much more widely used, IF it is then properly evaluated ( which is usually neither required nor funded ) can one then get a better snse of its best place among the alternatives available
Some GPs and shrinks, unfortunately, are too keen to leap on any new druig and prescribe it for everyone, rather than taking the time to use it more cautiously and discover its actual advantages and disadvantages.

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