Nortriptyline in geriatric depression resistant
to serotonin reuptake inhibitors: case series

by
Weintraub D.
Norton Psychiatric Center,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
University of Louisville School of Medicine,
KY 40202, USA.
J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol 2001 Spring; 14(1):28-32


ABSTRACT

Research on treatment-resistant depression in the elderly has been limited, and recommendations for clinical management have often been extrapolated from studies using nongeriatric patients. This report describes a series of 10 elderly patients with refractory depression who were treated with nortriptyline after failing to respond to an adequate trial of a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Seven (70%) of the patients responded to the addition or substitution of nortriptyline. All seven of the responders have remained on nortriptyline for maintenance therapy, none of whom have experienced recurrence of their depression after an average treatment duration of 1 year. Response to nortriptyline occurred in about 4 weeks in most patients. The mean daily dose of nortriptyline was 54 mg, and the mean plasma level was 97 ng/mL. Minor side effects occurred in three patients. No patients developed significant electrocardiogram changes. Nortriptyline, possibly due to its different mechanism of action, may be effective as either an adjunctive or replacement antidepressant in some cases of geriatric depression that are resistant to serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
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