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Volume 4, suplement 1

Original article

Therapy of mental disorders in the elderly

Marek Jarema1
1. III Kliniki Psychiatrycznej IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1995, 4, suplement 1 (2), 55-59
Keywords: old-age, mental disorders, pharmacotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy

Abstract

When treating mental disorders in the elder/y it is necessary to select the medication and its dosage appropriately to the biological mechanisms underlying the ageing process. The article presents a brief review of the most important practical problems in the pharmacotherapy of elderly patients. The factors which must be taken into account ill the pharmacotherapy of the most frequent mental disorders ill the elderly are discussed. Principles underlying choice of medication and dosage and the possible side-effects of neuroleptics, anti-depressants and anxiolytics – the drugs most frequently used ill the treatment of geriatric patients – are also discussed.

Address for correspondence:
Prof Marek Jarema,
III Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,
02-957 Warszawa