Psychotropic drugs are discussed under the descriptive categories of antipsychotic, antidepressive, antimanic, anti anxiety, and cognitive acting. In the antipsychotic classification, special attention is given to side effects (extrapyramidal motor signs, tardive dyskinesias, akathisia) and to dosage for the elderly. The section on cognitive acting drugs includes some pertinent observations on cognitive ability in the aging, the importance of correct diagnosis, and therapeutic strategy. The aged are a population at risk for not only disease, but iatrogenic illness due to direct and indirect drug action. Rational therapy involves understanding the underlying dynamics of the disease, and thus the selection of the most effective treatment. Psychotropic drugs in an appropriate program are valuable therapeutic assets.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the American Geriatrics Society|
|State||Published - Feb 1975|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology