Sustained antidepressant effect of sleep deprivation combined with pindolol in bipolar depression. A placebo-controlled trial

Enrico Smeraldi, Francesco Benedetti, Barbara Barbini, Euridice Campori, Cristina Colombo

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Abstract

Total sleep deprivation (TSD) shows powerful but transient clinical effects in patients affected by bipolar depression. Pindolol blocks the serotonergic 5-HT(1A) autoreceptor, thus improving the antidepressant effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. We evaluated the interaction of TSD and pindolol in the treatment of acute episodes of bipolar depression. Forty bipolar depressed inpatients were randomized to receive pindolol 7.5 mg/day or placebo for nine days in combination with three consecutive TSD cycles. Pindolol significantly improved the antidepressant effect of TSD, and prevented the short-term relapse after treatment. The response rate (HDRS scores

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-385
Number of pages6
JournalNeuropsychopharmacology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Lithium
  • Pindolol
  • Sleep deprivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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