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Celexa Effective Against Depression with Heart Patients

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MONTREAL, Jan 23 -- The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) Celexa (citalopram) appears effective in treating depression among patients with coronary artery disease, researchers here found.

Celexa yielded a 31% greater response rate than placebo, but the addition of interpersonal psychotherapy did not increase the benefit, said François Lespérance, M.D., of the University of Montréal, and colleagues, in the Jan. 24-31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study adds to the scanty evidence for SSRI use in patients with coronary artery disease and depression, according to an accompanying editorial by Alexander H. Glassman, M.D., and J. Thomas Bigger Jr., M.D., both of Columbia in New York.

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