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Review of pharmacological treatment of depression in older people

Green, A.R., Nightingale, S. and Curran, Stephen (2003) Review of pharmacological treatment of depression in older people. CPD Bulletin: old age psychiatry, 3 (3). pp. 79-83. ISSN 1464-2514

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Abstract

This article presents a brief outline of the current evidence- base for the pharmacological treatment of depression in the older people. Response to a single antidepressant is 50-60% and both tricyclic antidepressants and the newer antidepressants are equally effective in the short term although optimum response may take up to 8-12 weeks. There is good evidence for mainte nance antidepressant therapy in the elderly but only limited evidence for the use of lithium in older people . There are currently no randomised, placebo- controlled trials of pharmacotherapy in treatment - resistant depression but therapies commonly used in clinical practice are outlined.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Ageing and Mental Health Research Group
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008 10:13
Last Modified: 26 May 2009 10:52
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/1794

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