A 87-year-old female asked:
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best antidepresant to take in conjunction to buspar (buspirone) for an alzheimer's patient.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A # of options: This is best discussed with the patient's provider. If the depression is atypical, wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good choice. For typical depression or anxiety - a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor can be used. If the person needs something more on the sedating side - a medication like Remeron may be considered. There isn't one best medication to use - it depends on how the patient tolerates possible >>.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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side effects. The side effect profile can also be used to benefit the patient as well. I.e., give a sedating medication to some one with sleep problems.
Aug 5, 2013
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Many: There is little data to support one antidepressant over another in alzheimer's . There is one study of citalopram showing it helped agitation. Consider supportive treatments such as reassurance and engaging person in meaningful activities that they enjoy. If one uses a medication that effects serotonin in addition to Buspirone because there can be drug drug interactions.
Answered on Feb 25, 2017
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