Treatments for elderly patients

Why study bipolar disorder in older patients?

Elderly people with bipolar disorder are a heterogeneous group of patients who tend to have comorbidities and poor outcomes. They constitute between 5% and 20% of patients presenting for acute treatment at geriatric psychiatry services. Although the psychopathologic manifestations of mania are similar in older and younger patients, response to treatment can be extremely variable.

What is the evidence for pharmaceutical treatments for older people with bipolar disorder?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests lithium may be effective and well-tolerated in older patients with bipolar disorder.

July 2020

Last updated at: 2:40 am, 9th July 2020
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