Are antidepressants effective in geriatric patients with major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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The value of pharmacologic treatment of refractory depression in geriatric patients remains uncertain. Cooper et al reviewed 14 studies of the management of depressive episodes that failed to respond to at least one course of treatment in patients aged 55 years and older. They found that half of the patients responded to further pharmacologic treatments; however, they noted that most of the studies had significant methodologic problems and that none were double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials. [204]


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