Benefit/Risk

Today at work a coworker discussed the eventual need to decrease an elderly woman’s antidepressant dose to avoid potential adverse side effects…none of which she has yet experienced.  This elderly woman is in her nineties.

I knew this woman before she had been placed on the antidepressant.  My gut tells me she should continue on the present dose, but ultimately it won’t be my call.  I’ d say for her effective treatment of her depression outweighs the potential for future side effects.

I know I don’t ever plan on stopping my antidepressants. Hopefully when I am in my nineties, should I live that long I’ll have someone to advocate for me,  to help others see my treatment as something governed by other things than just textbook recommendations.

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