Assessment of the prescription of antidepressant drugs in elderly nursing home patients
2008 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, ISSN 0271-0749, Vol. 28, no 4, 424-431 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to investigate the use of antidepressant drugs among elderly people in nursing homes. Elderly residents who where found to have been prescribed at least one antidepressant drug according to the specific medication dispensing system were identified in 8 nursing homes in the county of Östergötland, Sweden. Data were collected from the medical record forms at the nursing home. Blood samples were drawn for the assessment of drug concentration, blood chemistry parameters and cytochrome P450 expression. At least one antidepressant drug was prescribed to 38% of elderly people in the nursing home studied. A total of 71 patients were evaluated, 80% women and 20% men. The median age was 84 years (range, 71-100 years). Indications for antidepressant drug treatment were found on 96% of medical record forms (depression, 60%); however, information relating to when treatment was initiated could not be found on 34% of medical record forms and a clear time schedule for how long this drug treatment was planned to continue could not be found either. A possible adverse effect of antidepressant drug treatment was retrieved in at least 77% of patients. Polypharmacotherapy was common; median number of drugs per patient was 11. Concentrations of drugs were higher than expected in 73%. Most patients were medicated with citalopram (n = 44). A clear interindividual variability of concentrations at each dose level was found for citalopram and for the metabolites desmethylcitalopram and didesmethylcitalopram. A significant correlation was found between the estimation of creatinine clearance and concentration-dose ratio of citalopram. Poor metabolizers, who had been prescribed an antidepressant drug that are substrate for the cytochrome P450 isoenzyme examined, have higher concentrations of prescribed antidepressant drug than do non-poor metabolizers in relation to dose. An increase in quality contribution to follow-up at antidepressant medications is needed. A more frequent clinical use of therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacogenetic tests in addition to therapeutic drug monitoring may be one important tool in this process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 28, no 4, 424-431 p.
Pharmacology and Toxicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20985DOI: 10.1097/JCP.0b013e31817d79ebOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20985DiVA: diva2:240270