Why we need to evaluate long-term antidepressant use in older patients with depression

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In this commentary, we address current clinical practice of long-term antidepressant use in older adults with depression, and recommend improvements. Compared with younger adults, older adults more frequently use antidepressants in the long term, although they may not always benefit from them, and in spite of an increased risk for adverse events. Unfortunately, evaluations of long-term antidepressant use are sparse, especially in older age groups. To prevent and reduce inappropriate long-term use and adverse events, antidepressant use in older age groups should be regularly evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-692
Number of pages3
JournalAge and ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2021


  • adverse effects
  • antidepressant
  • depression
  • evaluation
  • older adults
  • older people

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