Homeopathy 2017; 106(01): 3-10
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2016.11.002
Original Paper
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2016

Is metabolic dysregulation associated with antidepressant response in depressed women in climacteric treated with individualized homeopathic medicines or fluoxetine? The HOMDEP-MENOP Study

Emma del Carmen Macías-Cortés
1  Consulta Externa de Homeopatía, Hospital Juárez de México, Secretaría de Salud, Ave. Instituto Politécnico Nacional 5160, Col. Magdalena de las Salinas, CP 7760, Ciudad de México, Mexico
2  Jefatura de Enseñanza e Investigación, Hospital Nacional Homeopático, Secretaría de Salud, Ave Chimalpopoca 135, Col. Obrera, CP 06800, Ciudad de México, Mexico
,
Lidia Llanes-González
3  Unidad de Salud Mental, Hospital Juárez de México, Secretaría de Salud, Ave. Instituto Politécnico Nacional 5160, Col. Magdalena de las Salinas, CP 7760, Ciudad de México, Mexico
,
Leopoldo Aguilar-Faisal
4  División de Posgrado, Escuela Superior de Medicina, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ave. Plan de San Luis y Salvador Díaz Mirón, Casco de Santo Tomás, CP 11340, Ciudad de México, Mexico
,
Juan Asbun-Bojalil
4  División de Posgrado, Escuela Superior de Medicina, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ave. Plan de San Luis y Salvador Díaz Mirón, Casco de Santo Tomás, CP 11340, Ciudad de México, Mexico
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Publication History

Received 06 May 2016
revised 30 November 2016

accepted 30 November 2016

Publication Date:
28 December 2017 (online)

Background: Climacteric is associated with both depression and metabolic dysregulation. Scarce evidence suggests that metabolic dysregulation may predict poor response to conventional antidepressants. Response to depression treatment has not been studied in homeopathic medicine. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of metabolic disorders in depressed climacteric women treated with homeopathic medicines, fluoxetine or placebo, and if these alterations have any association with response to depression treatment.

Methods: One hundred and thirty-three Mexican women (40–65 years) with depression, enrolled in the HOMDEP-MENOP study, a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, double-dummy, three-arm trial with a 6 week follow-up, underwent a complete medical history and clinical examination. Metabolic parameters were assessed at baseline. Association between baseline metabolic parameters and response to depression treatment was analyzed with bivariate analysis in the three groups. Odds ratios (OR) with their 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were calculated. Metabolic parameters were considered for inclusion in the logistic regression model if they had a statistically significant relationship with response rate on bivariate analysis at p < 0.05 or if they were clinically relevant.

Results: Overall combined prevalence (obesity and overweight) was 86.5%; 52.3% had hypertriglyceridemia; 44.7% hypercholesterolemia; 46.7% insulin resistance; and 16% subclinical hypothyroidism. There was no statistically significant association between dyslipidemia, overweight, or insulin resistance and non-response in the homeopathy group [OR (95% CI) 1.57 (0.46–5.32), p = 0.467; 0.37 (0.003–1.11), p = 0.059; 0.67 (0.16–2.7), p = 0.579, respectively].

Conclusion: Metabolic dysregulation was not significantly associated with response to depression treatment in depressed climacteric women treated with individualized homeopathic treatment (IHT), fluoxetine or placebo. Due to the high prevalence of metabolic disorders and its relationship with depression in the climacteric, further investigation should be focused on whether individualized prescriptions based on classical homeopathy for depressed climacteric women have an effect on metabolic parameters, and/or if treating the metabolic disorders at the same time could lead to higher response rates.

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01635218

URL: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01635218?term=depression+homeopathy&rank=1