Stimulants and Geriatric Depression

Peter Forster Major Depression, Treatments of Depression

Stimulants and Geriatric Depression May be Underused. A well designed study showed that adding methylphenidate (Ritalin and others) to citalopram (Celexa) improve the likelihood of complete remission from depression in older patients. In general older depressed patients are more likely to have some cognitive impairment and are less likely to respond to antidepressants. A number of reports suggests that adding stimulants to antidepressants can …

Vyvanse for Binge Eating Disorder

Peter Forster Physical Conditions and Health

This past week the FDA approved the first drug for Binge-Eating Disorder. “Binge eating can cause serious health problems and difficulties with work, home, and social life,” said FDA Division of Psychiatry Products Director Mitchell Mathis, M.D. “The approval of Vyvanse provides physicians and patients with an effective option to help curb episodes of binge eating.” The drug was reviewed under the FDA’s …

Treatment of Fatigue in Patients with Depression or Bipolar

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment, Diagnosis, Physical Conditions and Health, Treatments of Depression

Treatment of depression in patients with depression or bipolar is often complicated. If medications are prescribed, will they make mood symptoms worse, or have other significant adverse effects? And yet fatigue is common in people with a history of depression (it occurs in up to 10% of the general population and is much more common in women, who have a …