Forum: Antidepressants in older persons

older woman sits on bed

“There are some medications which patients will not willingly consider stopping, and there are some that people seem only too willing to part with.

I find myself regularly cautioning patients about the adverse aspects of withdrawing rapidly from SNRIs and SSRIs. I find there is often a perception of “wellness” and no need for further pharmacological intervention.

Patients will often cite the risks of ongoing medication, as we know in the elderly there are motor and cognitive risks, predisposition to fall, in addition to such issues as hyponatraemia.

So what are the best options for older adults on antidepressant therapy?.”

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