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What anti depressant medication is BEST for my husband who

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what anti depressant medication is BEST for my husband who is 75 y/o with diabetes, HTN, high cholesterol?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. G replied 8 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

Please tell me, has he tried anything yet?

Does he have issues with sleeping or not eating?

When did the loss occur?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
nothing yet. no problem with eating/sleeping. has BPH, metabolic syndrome-taking meds for that. lately joints hurt and not participatin in activities and not getting dressed, seems depressed. doesn't smoke or drink
Expert:  Dr. G replied 8 years ago.
When did the loss occur?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
last year his brother passed
Expert:  Dr. G replied 8 years ago.

I'm very sorry to hear that. SInce he has no issues sleeping and eating, one of the better drugs out there is a class of drug called Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They are the most widely used because they are effective and relatively safe. There are several drugs in this category, including: Prozac, paxil, zoloft, celexa, and lexapro. Lexapro is the latest and is a relatively effective drug that is usually well tolerated, especially in the elderly. Based on what you said, Lexapro may be the best anti-depressant for him.

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