What is the best pharmaceutical to treat anxiety among institutionalized elderly?
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What is the best pharmaceutical to treat anxiety among institutionalized elderly? Start with antidepressant-class medications. For institutionalized elderly patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), medications such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and antipsychotics are likely all effective (SOR: B, extrapolated from a systematic review of RCTs and RCT of communitydwelling older patients). However, guidelines recommend against the use benzodiazepines and antipsychotics in the elderly due to risks of adverse effects.
Evidence Based Practice 18(1): 14