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The group of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are generally ineffective in older adults. Other antidepressants known as tricyclics are effective in older people but carries the risk of severe such as cardiovascular problems. A trial tested the efficacy of SSRIís in older people and found that improvement in depression symptoms were observed in the placebo and drug group. This is could have been due to subjects feeling better in a supportive environment or perhaps some other factor. Thus something is working but itís not the drug itself. Thus more research is needed in the treatment of depression in the elderly population.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by American Journal of Psychiatry
About: Antidepressants ineffective in elderly
Date: 25 November 2004
Source: American Journal of Psychiatry
Author: Alison McCook
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