Study: Drugs Better for Elderly Depression

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BOSTON – For elderly people who suffer bouts of depression, drugs work surprisingly better than psychotherapy at keeping these black spells from returning, suggests the longest study ever in patients so old.

The findings from the two-year study may encourage some doctors to prescribe antidepressants for longer periods, perhaps even for life, in patients who have been depressed.

“It’s a good idea for you to continue to take the medication indefinitely, just as you take your blood pressure medication or diabetes medication,” said psychiatrist Dr. Charles Reynolds at the University of Pittsburgh, who led the study. “It’s a very new approach.”

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