Most seniors already take med after med after med, including plenty known to cause depression.
So when these seniors get the inevitable case of drug-induced blues, what do their docs do?
Give them more drugs, of course!
A new study finds docs are going nutso with antidepressants, prescribing them to seniors left, right and upside down — and while these meds are bad enough on their own, they’re even worse when combined with many of the other drugs seniors typically take.
This isn’t a state secret, by the way — those interactions are spelled out right on the label.
But why let a little warning stand in the way of a quick sale? Researchers examined the prescription drug records of 39,000 seniors given antidepressants between 2001 and 2006, and found that more than 60 percent were taking meds known to interact badly with them.
At least 25 percent had the potential for major interactions, while another 36 percent were known to cause “moderate” interactions. And the researchers found at least a dozen common side effects reported in the first month of use, including sleep problems and dizziness.
The researchers say those side effects caused many patients to stop taking their antidepressants — but really, that’s the only bit of good news in this entire study.
The fewer seniors on those meds, the better — because the real answer isn’t in getting new drugs.
It’s in getting OFF your old ones.
Statins, cancer drugs, heart pills, hypertension meds and diabetes treatments can all cause depression in seniors — and they’re all unnecessary, because they’re poor substitutes for lifestyle changes and natural, nutritional treatments.
If your doc can’t figure that out, maybe it’s time to give him his own case of the blues — fire him and find someone who can do the job right.
I suggest starting your search with the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.