Dementia And Antidepressants
July 20, 2011 by staff
Dementia And Antidepressants, Antidepressants are commonly prescribed to treat dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease have been found to be ineffective, according to a study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. In fact, researchers found the drug can cause nausea and drowsiness in which they are prescribed.
FoxNews reported that the two antidepressants studied are sertraline and mirtazapine, which are commonly known as Zoloft and Remeron, respectively, in the U.S. The placebo-controlled study, measured the effects of drugs and placebos in more than 325 patients at nine clinical centers in Britain.
Around one third of patients received sertraline, mirtazapine were third and one third received a sugar pill. According to Fox News, the study found that after 39 weeks, there was no change in depression experienced by those involved in the study. In addition, those receiving the two drugs actually experienced more severe side effects than those receiving placebo.
According to CNN, researchers at King’s College London, led by Sube Banerjee, Institute of Psychiatry, said: “The practical implications of this study are that we should rethink the way we think about treating people with dementia who are depressed, and reconsider the routine prescription of antidepressants. ”
CNN also interviewed Alan Manevitz, MD, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York while he was not involved in the study, added, “You do not want to do the routine prescription of antidepressants. Always be careful about why we are introducing [a drug]. ” Manevitz, he continued, “This raises the question of whether treatments that do not cause side effects … could have a role in the treatment of depression.”
CNN reported that more than 7 million people worldwide might suffer from dementia with depression, while Fox News reported that 26 million people worldwide might suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
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