Clinical evaluation of the efficacy and safety of tandospirone versus sertraline monotherapy for social anxiety disorder: a randomized open-label trial.

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OBJECTIVE: Although selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are now established as first-line pharmacotherapy for social anxiety disorder (SAD), other agents with different mechanisms have shown promise in treating SAD. The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of tandospirone in treating adolescents with SAD. METHODS: Adolescent patients meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for SAD were randomly assigned (1:1) to open-label treatment with either tandospirone or sertraline for 8 weeks. The primary outcome measures were changes from baseline in the Hamilton Anxiety (HAM-A) scale and response using the Clinical Global Impression of Improvement (CGI-I) scale. RESULTS: The adjusted mean change in HAM-A scores from baseline was indicating a significant improvement over baseline in both treatment arms (p < 0.0001). The mean CGI-I scale score at week was with no significant difference between the two arms (p = 0.42). Rates of response were 48.6% for tandospirone and 55.6% for sertraline using the CGI-I. Response rates were 37.1% for tandospirone and 41.7% for sertraline using a HAM-A response criterion (≥50% reduction). The adjusted mean change in Social Phobia Inventory scores from baseline was indicating a significant improvement over baseline in both treatment arms (p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Tandospirone is safe and effective and appears non-inferior to sertraline for SAD in youths.

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Cited Authors

  • Huang, X; Li, C; Li, W-H; Luo, Y-L; Wang, B; Zhang, W; Gan, J-J; Ji, J-L

Published Date

  • November 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 594 - 599

PubMed ID

  • 24519693

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24519693

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1099-1077

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/hup.2361

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • England