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Examining antidepressant use in palliative care patients by risk of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome

Glanger, MR, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882 and Abraham, A 2021 , 'Examining antidepressant use in palliative care patients by risk of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome' , Internal Medicine Journal , pp. 793-796 , doi: 10.1111/imj.15320.

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Abstract

Antidepressant drugs, which are widely used in palliative care patients for both management of psychiatric disorders and non-psychiatric symptoms, may cause a cluster ofdistressing symptoms on discontinuation. In dying patients, cessation of oral intakemay occur either temporarily or permanently for reasons related to disease or its treatment, as well as in the days before death. We examined antidepressant use in palliativecare patients by risk of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome (ADDS). Strategies forreducing the risk of ADDS, and for managing it that should occur, are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Glanger, MR and Peterson, GM and Abraham, A
Keywords: palliative care, antidepressants, depression, withdrawal
Journal or Publication Title: Internal Medicine Journal
Publisher: Royal Australasian College of Physicians
ISSN: 1445-5994
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/imj.15320
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© 2021 Royal Australasian College of Physicians

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