Decision Resources, one of the world's leading research and advisory firms focusing on pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that Lexapro is the leading single agent used in anxiety therapy with 11.7 percent and 14.9 percent of first- and second-line patient share, respectively. According to surveyed psychiatrists and primary care physicians (PCPs), Lexapro is distinguished by its superior safety and tolerability profile; physicians specifically mention that the drug's low risk of drug-drug interactions is another key advantage. These advantages are critical to Lexapro's lead in patient share over generically available agents such as sertraline, citalopram, paroxetine and fluoxetine.
According to the new report entitled Treatment Algorithms in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, 90 percent and 85 percent of surveyed psychiatrists and PCPs, respectively, state that the presence of comorbid depression influences them to prescribe a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and 81 percent and 71 percent of surveyed psychiatrists and PCPs, respectively, state that SSRIs are effective for psychic and somatic anxiety symptoms. These opinions underscore the advantages of SSRIs in anxiety treatment: these agents address both major components of anxiety symptoms and are effective for the most common comorbid condition of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) patients, major depression.
"Although SSRIs are the most commonly used drug class for the treatment of GAD, physicians continue to favor benzodiazepines as well, despite the potential for addiction. In addition, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, non-benzodiazepine GABA-A agonist sleep aids such as Ambien and Lunesta, anti-epileptic drugs and atypical antipsychotics all have their niches in GAD therapy," said Nathan Calloway, analyst at Decision Resources.
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