There is a high risk of side effects when prescribing antidepressants in the elderly. These can
be avoided or minimised by tailoring the choice of antidepressant to the individual, by being
aware of potential drug interactions and by bearing in mind the impact of co-morbidities.
Drs Ayodeji Soyinka and David Lawley explore the evidence base and main side effects of
antidepressants in common use in the elderly and how these might influence prescribing.