Journal article

Agomelatine for depression: expanding the horizons?

Trevor R Norman, James S Olver

EXPERT OPINION ON PHARMACOTHERAPY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Agomelatine is an antidepressant with unique pharmacological actions; it is both a melatonin agonist and selective serotonin antagonist. Both actions combined are necessary for antidepressant efficacy. Effects on melatonin receptors enable resynchronisation of disrupted circadian rhythms with beneficial effects on sleep patterns. Areas covered: The issue of use of an antidepressant for depression co-morbid with somatic disorders is covered by the authors. A review of the literature from 2000 to August 2018 was undertaken using Scopus and Web of Science with the key words: agomelatine, depression, medical illness. Depression in Parkinson's disease, cardiovascular illness and typ..

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