We all have times when we feel “down” or sad. In older adults, there are many reasons that can lead to feeling depressed, anxious, down, or sad. These include:
Common medicines for mood include:
If it’s hard for you to cope with your feelings or there is a risk of harming yourself or someone else, medicines may help.
If you use medicines to treat depression or manage your mood, it’s important that you use them carefully and understand their side effects. In some cases, the risk of side effects may be higher than the benefits you get from these medicines. Side effects include:
It’s important to regularly talk to your healthcare provider and pharmacist about your medicines. Ask if you still need to take all of your medicines or if you can take a lower dose.
For more information about medicines for depression, anxiety, and mood, search the name of the medicine in the
Current as of: March 5, 2020
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network
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