Alcohol and the elderly. Psychotropics and the elderly: interactions to watch for.

E. Richelson

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Abstract

Alcohol can increase blood levels of diazepam, and probably of other benzodiazepines. Alcohol also potentiates the CNS-depressant effects of these drugs. Before adding a psychotropic drug in older patients, discontinue as many drugs as possible. Prescribe smaller doses and follow cardiovascular status. Determine serum levels when in doubt, especially with tricyclic antidepressants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36, 39
JournalGeriatrics
Volume39
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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