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Rev Prat. 2004 Apr 15;54(7):734-8.

[Treatment of depression in the elderly].

[Article in French]

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  • Centre Mémoire de ressources & de recherche, CHU, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis--Pavilion M, hôpital Pasteur, 06002 Nice. PHILIPPE.ROBERT15@wanadoo.fr


Depression is the most common mental health problem of later life. There is effective treatments for depression in primary care. Recommendation based on current evidence are: in primary care treatment there is no evidence that one class of antidepressant is anymore effective than others; although newer antidepressants are not more effective than older ones, they are better tolerated in healthy older people and in patients with medical co-morbidity and are safer especially in overdose. Lower dose antidepressant treatment is not recommended for older depressed patients.

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