posted by admin on Mar 23

This is an important question, because depression hits the elderly hard. Depression is four times more common among the elderly than in the general population and the suicide rate for people over 65 is fifteen times greater than that of the overall population.

Open studies and double blind studies indicate that Prozac relieves the symptoms of depression just as well as other antidepressants in geriatric r patients. Certainly, mild doses of nortriptyline (Aventyl or Pamelor) have been successful in elderly depressed patients in the opinion of many psychiatrists, and other psychiatrists may swear by any number of the older drugs as highly effective. However, patients taking Prozac complained less frequently of dry mouth and constipation, which are typically reported with other antidepressant drugs, and they were much less likely to drop out of the study due to adverse effects. Prozac also lacks adverse cardiovascular effects, compared to the tricyclic antidepressants, and is much less dangerous when taken in overdose. In the opinion of most psychopharmacologic experts, Prozac or one of the other SSRIs is the preferred antidepressant in the elderly.

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