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Psychosom Med. 1998 Nov-Dec;60(6):723-5.

Antidepressants for the virtually eviscerated patient: options instead of oral dosing.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093-0804, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Alternate ways of administering antidepressants when oral intake is impossible are discussed.

METHOD:

Reviews of 1) the medical circumstances that preclude oral medication administration and 2) novel administration strategies for antidepressants were conducted.

RESULTS:

Consultation psychiatrists not infrequently encounter depressed patients who lack a functioning gastrointestinal tract and who thus cannot absorb oral antidepressant medication. Under these circumstances, antidepressants can be administered intravenously, by rectal suppository, or topically.

CONCLUSION:

There are options for administration of antidepressant medication when oral intake is impossible.

PMID:
9847031
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