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The antidepressant effect of Seroxat enhanced by acupuncture

is more effective than oral in improving depressive symptoms, and produces fewer side effects than tricyclic .

Despite the continued development of antidepressants and alternative/synergistic therapies, has not been comprehensively recognized and treatment outcome is often insufficient.

An epidemiological study addressing depression showed that poor recognition and treatment are largely linked to the lack of an accurate assessment tool and to patients’ economic situation.

Prof. and team from in China compared the clinical efficacy of acupuncture/electroacupuncture combined with an antidepressant drug, with that of an antidepressant drug alone, using the Symptom Checklist-90.

Researchers found that administration of Seroxat alone or in combination with acupuncture/electroacupuncture can produce a significant effect in patients with primary . Furthermore, acupuncture/electroacupuncture has a rapid onset of therapeutic effect and produces a noticeable improvement in obsessive-compulsive, depressive and anxiety symptoms.

These findings have been published in Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 9, No. 2, 2014):

Chen JQ, Lin WR, Wang SX, Wang CQ, Li GL, Qu SS, Huang Y, Zhang ZJ, Xiao W. “Acupuncture/electroacupuncture enhances anti-depressant effect of Seroxat: the Symptom Checklist-90 scores“. Neural Regen Res. 2014;9(2):213-222. DOI: 10.4103/1673-5374.125353


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