Common Anti-Depressants for Alzheimer Patients Not Easing Depression
CNN Health reports that common anti-depressants given to Alzheimer patients are not shown to ease symptoms of depression. Alzheimer’s can be a disabling health condition that results in the need for Social Security disability benefits.
A new study finds that 2 commonly prescribed anti-depressants, Zoloft and Remeron, are no better to patients with Alzheimer’s than if they would take a sugar pill.
Additionally, these anti-depressants were found to increase the risk of severe side effects, such as nausea and fatigue. As a result of these findings, researchers suggest that these medications should only be used if no other treatment is found to be effective.
Of the 35 million people worldwide who have Alzheimer’s, more than a fifth of them also suffer from depression. Based on these results, prescription drugs should not be considered the first line of defense when it comes to treating depression. Instead, doctors should first consider non-drug type treatments, such as psychotherapy.
Patients are advised to seek advice from their doctor concerning the use of anti-depressants for patients with Alzheimer’s.
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