Patient compliance to a new enteric-coated weekly formulation of fluoxetine during continuation treatment of major depressive disorder
BACKGROUND: A new formulation of enteric-coated fluoxetine given once weekly could be a useful option for the long-term treatment of depression, but compliance to once-weekly fluoxetine treatment has not been assessed. METHOD: Patients were adults from the United Kingdom who had responded to fluoxetine treatment for a current episode of depression (DSM-IV criteria). In the baseline assessment phase, all patients (N = 117) were continued on 20 mg of open-label fluoxetine once daily for 4 weeks. In the follow-up phase, patients (N = 109) were randomly assigned to once-weekly or once-daily fluoxetine for 3 months. Patient compliance was monitored by electronic devices during both phases of the study. RESULTS: Compliance to once-weekly fluoxetine treatment was higher than compliance to once-daily fluoxetine (85.9% vs. 79.4%, respectively). CONCLUSION: Once-weekly fluoxetine treatment allows for new flexibility for both the clinician and the patient, and this study alleviates the concern that patients will forget weekly doses
Claxton, A., de Klerk, E., Parry, M., Robinson, J., & Schmidt, ME. (2000). Patient compliance to a new enteric-coated weekly formulation of fluoxetine during continuation treatment of major depressive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 61(12), 928-932.