ELENA LUMINITA ALBERT, DANIELA CLAUDIA SABAU, CRISTIAN GABOS GRECU, LIGIA VAIDA, IOANA TODOR,LUCIAN JOSAN, MARIANA PACURAR THE EFFECT OF ANTIDEPRESSANT CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS ON MASTICATORY MUSCLES ACTIVITY IN DEPRESSIVE PATIENTS ELECTROMYOGRAPHIC STUDY
Using the surface electromyography, we evaluated the effect of long- term intake of antidepressant chemical compounds on the masticatory muscles electrical activity at rest in twenty-one subjects. We compared the patient‘s acquired data from the masseter and temporalis muscles with the default values for the resting activity of these muscles. We found significantly higher mean rest values concerning the amplitude of signals in all sites (p<0.05), except the left masseter. Considering the limits of the study, it appears that long-term treatment that uses chemically compounds with antidepressant effect may influence the masticatory muscles activity, manifested by hypertonicity at rest.