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21 Oct 2011

What Older People Should Consider Before Taking an Antidepressant


Antidepressants are helpful to some older people , but they also have their risks. You and your doctor should weigh the risks and benefits before starting an antidepressant. Keep in mind that exercise and psychotherapy can also be effective in reducing depression. So can spending time with people and keeping busy with activities you enjoy.

Medication may be the best thing for you, but there are alternatives that you and your doctor may decide you should try first.

Here are some key questions to ask:

Do I have a disorder responsive to antidepressants?

Do I have a physical problem that may be worsened or improved by an antidepressant?

Should I take an antidepressant if I have dementia?

Are there drug interactions I should be concerned about?

Can I use antidepressants if I drink alcohol or use drugs?

Which antidepressant is right for me?

Should I take more than one medication for depression?

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