Observations on the psychopharmacology of the aged

C. Eisdorfer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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 languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume23
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1975
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Psychopharmacology
Psychotropic Drugs
Antipsychotic Agents
Drug-Induced Akathisia
Antimanic Agents
Iatrogenic Disease
Aptitude
Therapeutics
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

Cite this

Observations on the psychopharmacology of the aged. / Eisdorfer, C.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.12.1975, p. 53-57.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{8aed1d69ffbb45708d52662d7d840923,
title = "Observations on the psychopharmacology of the aged",
abstract = "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.",
author = "C. Eisdorfer",
year = "1975",
month = "12",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "23",
pages = "53--57",
journal = "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society",
issn = "0002-8614",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Observations on the psychopharmacology of the aged

AU - Eisdorfer, C.

PY - 1975/12/1

Y1 - 1975/12/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0016668694&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0016668694&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 23

SP - 53

EP - 57

JO - Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

JF - Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

SN - 0002-8614

IS - 2

ER -