How should you manage a depressed patient unresponsive to an SSRI?
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The best approach among studied alternatives to manage a patient with treatment-resistant depression is not clear from the evidence. All of the options reviewed seem to have about a 25% to 30% success rate. Switching to other antidepressants or augmenting with non-antidepressant drugs has the best supporting evidence (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B). Adding additional antidepressants (SOR: B), using psychotherapy (SOR: B), and initiating electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (SOR: C) are options.
Journal of Family Practice, 55(12) 2006: 1081+.