A 71-year-old female asked:
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is there an antidepressant that would be safe for people over 70. one side effect i would be afraid of is sleeplessness.

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Dr. Barbara Toohill
11 years experience Clinical Psychology
Most SSRIs: Ssris, which are a basic class of antidepressant, are generally considered safe for most people. In elderly patients, with any medication, one must be careful and conservative in prescribing, as it they can build up in their system much more easily. For this reason, physicians often start with a very low dose, and increase dosage very slowly if at all.
Answered on Jul 16, 2013
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Dr. Patrick Tapia
12 years experience Psychiatry
Mirtazapine 15 mg : You may benefit from a trial of Mirtazapine 15 mg take one half tablet by mouth at bedtime or a whole tablet if that is not effective. It helps with sleep too. However, it may increase you appetite.
Answered on Feb 20, 2015
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
44 years experience Clinical Psychology
Anti-Depressant: Consult a mentall health professional who can help you decide if in fact you need an anti-depressant and which one will be best for you given your age and other medications. Consider a short time in psychotherapy as for mild depression it is often more effective than medications. Best wishes.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Antidepressants: Several options. Best to sit down with a psychiatrist with geriatric work experience and review options.
Answered on May 28, 2016
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