There is no basis for limiting antidepressant therapy duration when used to manage MDD, OCD, GAD, PTSD, or PD as these disorders can all be characterized as chronic conditions.
Clinical trials have documented fluoxetine efficacy in BN management for up to 52 weeks. Fluoxetine has demonstrated efficacy in PMDD for up to 6 months when administered continuously and up to 3 months when administered intermittently. Paroxetine and sertraline have demonstrated efficacy in PMDD for up to 6 months and 12 months, respectively, in clinical trials. Patients should be assessed periodically to determine need for continued treatment. However, the potential exists for PMDD symptoms to worsen with advancing age until patients reach menopause. Patients responding to fluoxetine, paroxetine, or sertraline therapy for PMDD may benefit from chronic administration.
Paroxetine treatment for VMS exceeding 24 weeks has not been evaluated in clinical trials. Additionally, paroxetine dosages used to manage VMS are not FDA-approved to manage psychiatric conditions, as the dose contained in Brisdelle® is lower than the recommended doses used to manage psychiatric disorders. Patients requiring paroxetine for psychiatric disorders should discontinue Brisdelle® and initiate therapy with a paroxetine formulation FDA-approved for psychiatric use.