Studies show Lustral may be safe and effective for depressed elderly people

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

An recent American study suggests that the anti-depressive drug sertraline (brand name “Lustral”) may be a safe and effective treatment for elderly people with minor depression. The study, reported in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, involved an open clinical trial of 12 nursing home residents who were treated with sertraline for six weeks. At the end of the trial all the residents were found to have tolerated the medication without suffering any significant side-effects and most had shown a significant improvement in their depressive state, with 75% of the residents meeting criteria for “remission”. However the report said further studies were needed to prove clinical effectiveness.

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