What are principles guiding geriatric psychopharmacology for major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Geriatric psychopharmacology follows the tenet of "start low, go slow, but go." This is based on the belief that elderly patients respond to such agents more slowly than younger patients and the fact that older patients tend to have a higher rate of side effects and adverse events from drug-drug or drug-disease interactions.

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