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Adv Gerontol



[The use of antidepressants for the treatment of chronic pain: a focus on elderly patients.]


Ushkalova EA, Zyryanov SK, Butranova OI
Adv Gerontol. 2022; 35(4):569-580.
PMID: 36401867.


A possible tool to improve the efficacy and safety of managing elderly and senile patients with chronic pain may be the use of adjuvant analgesics, in particular, antidepressants. Available clinical data indicate the possibility of using antidepressants as an alternative to opioid analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The review includes the analysis of the comparative characteristics and peculiarities of prescribing tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors as painkillers in elderly patients. Recommendations are given on the use of various representatives of the antidepressant group in elderly patients with various types of pain, aimed at minimizing possible adverse drug reactions and improving the quality of life of this category of patients.