Hello, motherinlaw is 87, lives in asst living, suffers from dementia, depression and anxiety. Psychiatrist had her on different brands now on Pristiq. Does not work. Increased it in Dec. She is depressed everyday, all day. Has no desire to leave her room. Cries all day. He said he cannot do any more for her. She refuses to get dressed for breakfast, but occasionaly surprises us and does but not often. Is there anything else that he is missing? The NP at the asst living said that Pristiq rarely works for elderly. Your input is appreciated as we are all frustrated.
I have found an new drug for Depression called:
Oleptro (trazodone) Extended Release Tablets - formerly DDS-04A
Company: Labopharm Inc.
Date of Approval: February 2, 2010
Treatment for: Depression
Oleptro (trazodone) is a once-daily serotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitor (SARI) formulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults.
Labopharm Receives FDA Approval for Oleptro - February 2, 2010
Labopharm's NDA for Novel Trazodone Formulation Accepted for Review by FDA - November 24, 2008
Labopharm Submits New Drug Application to FDA for DDS-04A to Treat Major Depression - September 22, 2008
Trazadone is not a new medication which is used for many medical reasons.
and does have a tendancy to cause drowziness and is used at bedtime to help with sleep issues I do not know how this would affect an 87 year old woman with the drowziness factor. This is just my experience. I also took pristique and it did not work for me it also seemed to increase my symptoms. Have you had a meeting with her doctor if not I would make an appointment and ask for a physc consult a psychatrist is the best person to deal with with this type of elder depression it is his/her expertice and she is entitled to the best care no matter her age or diagnosis. Good Luck and I will keep her in my prayers God Bless
- Pristiq Information for Consumers
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