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Pain severity and pain interference during major depressive episodes treated with escitalopram and aripiprazole adjunctive therapy: a CAN-BIND-1 report

Diep, C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9596-5101, Rosenek, N., Khoo, Y. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7198-7207, Gandhi, W. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3796-6311, Van Reekum, C. M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1516-1101, Ravindran, A. V., Ladha, K. S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7303-2458, Frey, B. N., Milev, R. V. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6884-171X, Rotzinger, S., Lam, R. W. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7142-4669, Kennedy, S. H., Lou, W., Salomons, T. and Bhat, V. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8768-1173 (2022) Pain severity and pain interference during major depressive episodes treated with escitalopram and aripiprazole adjunctive therapy: a CAN-BIND-1 report. Psychiatry Research, 312. 114557. ISSN 0165-1781

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2022.114557

Abstract/Summary

Escitalopram may have pain-alleviating effects for patients with comorbid pain and depression. This study aimed to quantify improvements in pain for patients on escitalopram and adjunctive aripiprazole. A secondary analysis of the CAN-BIND-1 trial was conducted which only included participants with a current depressive episode and pain. Participants received escitalopram (10–20mg) for eight weeks and treatment response was defined as a reduction in Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) of at least 50% from baseline. Non-responders at week 8 received adjunctive aripiprazole (2–10mg) for another eight weeks. The Brief Pain Inventory's pain severity (PSC) and pain interference (PIC) composite scores were measured at baseline, week 8, and week 16. Linear regression was used to determine how PSC and PIC differed between treatment responders and non-responders. Eighty-two participants with pain and depression received escitalopram. PSC and PIC decreased significantly regardless of treatment response at week 8, although responders had significantly lower PSC and PIC than non-responders. For the group receiving aripiprazole after week 8, neither PSC nor PIC improved further. Further research is needed to identify interventions that might treat both pain and depression symptoms.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Pain Research
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Neuroscience
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:105255
Publisher:Elsevier

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