How effective are selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults?
Indirect comparisons of effectiveness suggested, although individual SSRIs were similar in their effectiveness, they differed in terms of their adverse effects, the commonest one overall being nausea.
OCD is a common and disabling disorder, which frequently follows a chronic course. It has a lifetime prevalence of 2.2% in New Zealand.¹ 1. Bebbington PE. Br J Psychiatry 1998;35:2-6.