Clinical considerations of antidepressant prescribing for older patients

Kairuz, Therese, Zolezzi, Monica and Fernando, Antonio (2005) Clinical considerations of antidepressant prescribing for older patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118 1222: 1-11.

Author Kairuz, Therese
Zolezzi, Monica
Fernando, Antonio
Title Clinical considerations of antidepressant prescribing for older patients
Journal name New Zealand Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-8446
Publication date 2005-09-16
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 118
Issue 1222
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Dunedin, NZ
Publisher Southern Colour Print
Language eng
Subject 111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
1103 Clinical Sciences
1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abstract Depression may affect up to 50% of people in older age groups. The increasing numbers of patients over 65 years of age may lead to higher prevalence rates of this debilitating condition. The diagnosis of depression in older patients is complex because symptoms may present as somatic concerns or anxiety. Comorbid conditions need to be investigated, evaluated and, if necessary, treated. Prescribing antidepressants to older patients requires consideration of the pharmacokinetic parameters of the medications used in this population, as these affect drug selection, duration of treatment, and suitability when comorbidity is present. This paper provides a review of current literature and makes recommendations for the pharmacological management of depression in older patients within the New Zealand context
Keyword Depression
Older patients
Q-Index Code CX

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