Tuesday, October 1, 2019

resistant depression

Q: Which of the following drug has shown efficacy as an adjuvant treatment in resistant depression?

A) Thyroid replacements
B) Corticosteroids
C) Growth hormone
D) Estrogen replacements
E) Testosterone replacements

Answer: A

The exact mechanism is not cleared but this is proposed that antidepressants may have iatrogenic effects on the thyroid. Antidepressants may induce a change in iodine capture by thyroid cells or can make it unavailable for thyroid hormone synthesis. T3 is preferred over T4.



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