Blood test could predict effectiveness of SSRIs | National Nursing News

Researchers have found what could become the first reliable method to predict whether an antidepressant will work on a depressed patient.

The method would involve a blood test for a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor. A study by researchers at Loyola University Medical Center found that among depressed patients who had higher than normal blood levels of VEGF, more than 85% experienced partial or complete relief from depression after taking escitalopram (Lexapro). By comparison, fewer than 10% of depressed patients who had low levels of VEGF responded to the drug…..

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