A small study of 13 patients with OCD (Fux et al 1996) found that inositol was superior to placebo and comparable to Prozac. However, two subsequent studies (Seedat & Stein, 1999 and Fux et al, 1999) found that augmenting serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) treatment with inositol provided no additional benefit to SRI treatment alone.
Since then, there have not been any studies that I can find (please correct me if I'm wrong) that have looked at inositol in the treatment of OCD, so I think it would be fair to say that the evidence is fairly limited.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC) provides the following information:
"Effective evidence-based treatments for OCD fall into two categories:
1) Antidepressant medications acting on the serotonin system, including the SSRI antidepressants and Clomipramine, have been shown in reliable studies to reduce the symptoms by 30% to 50% in approximately two thirds of patients. Medications often help, but have relatively limited benefit and are best used to reduce symptoms of OCD, anxiety and depression and allow introduction of CBT approaches.
2) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) methods: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) tends to be the most effective therapy, giving significant and long-term benefits for up to 80% of those who practice it. ERP involves the person exposing themselves to situations that provoke their anxiety but not performing their usual compulsive rituals. This allows the anxiety to decline naturally by itself. Exposure tasks are set, for example, repeated touching of items such as door handles without washing, and gradually leading to exposure of more difficult items such as touching the mail, shaking hands, and eventually touching bins, toilets and related items. Exposure therapy is successful when the tasks are performed in a slow, gradual manner with consultation and agreement between the person and therapist. Support groups and self-help books can assist in this process."
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