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Depression in the physically ill

Authors:

Raveen Hanwella ,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, LK
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Varuni de Silva

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, LK
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Abstract

The risk of depression is increased in many medical and surgical conditions. Specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors are generally recommended as first line treatment in the physically ill. Care must be taken in prescribing antidepressants in the physically ill, because of side effects, hepatic and renal impairment, and potential for drug interactions.

Key words: depression, antidepressants, continuing medical education, physically ill, management

doi: 10.4038/cmj.v53i2.237

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2008 pp.63-65
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.237
How to Cite: Hanwella, R. and de Silva, V., 2008. Depression in the physically ill. Ceylon Medical Journal, 53(2), pp.63–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.237
Published on 12 Dec 2008.
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