Antidepressants can be deadly for the elderly

A new study by researchers at the University of Nottingham shows that popular antidepressants such as prozac and Effexor, it is not always possible to prescribe the elderly, as with age they give more side effects.

Prozac (fluoxetine) and Effexor (venlafaxine) belong to the class of selective inhibitors that regulate serotonin levels, usually they are considered to be effective and safe. However, people in the age recommended other antidepressants - tricyclic.

Although selek active inhibitors are often prescribed for the treatment of depression in the elderly. The study involved more than 60,000 older people aged 65 to 100 years with depression. Ninety percent of them were receiving antidepressants, while 55 percent of inhibitors, and the 32 - tricyclic.

Host C people were at increased risk of stroke, fractures, falls, compared to taking other antidepressants. From the makers of the SG during the year died 10.6 percent, from receiving tricyclic antidepressants, 8 percent and 7 percent of those who did not accept depressants in General. Of those who took other antidepressants, died 11 percent. The highest risk of mortality was observed in the first month of taking antidepressants in the first month after discontinuation of the medication.

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However, it should be borne in mind that, as a rule, tricyclic antidepressants prescribed in smaller doses than inhibitors and it probably reduces the risks of side effects.

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