Modafinil may improve memory in patients with depression

Written by Naamah Maundrell

Researchers from the University of Cambridge (UK) report that the eugeroic drug modafinil – which is currently used to treat narcolepsy – may improve the memory of individuals with depression. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, described how those who received modafinil demonstrated improvements in episodic and working memory, making fewer errors when tested. Researchers suggest that the drug could facilitate the successful return to work of patients following depression; as currently there is no treatment specifically targeting cognitive deficits in depression. In total, 60 patients who had been diagnosed with depression – aged...

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