Antidepressant class and dosing among older Mexican Americans: Application of geropsychiatric treatment guidelines

Hector M. González, W Ladson Hinton, Teresa Ortiz, Mary N. Haan

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Objective: The objective of this study was to characterize patterns and correlates of antidepressant drugs (AD) among older Mexican Americans (MAs). Methods: This study consisted of a cross-sectional, community-based sample from Northern California. AD class and dosing label information were inventoried and compared with Expert Consensus Guidelines for geriatric depression pharmacotherapy. Results: Overall, 7.1% had been prescribed an AD, but 4.9% were within starting dose ranges. Fewer ADs (3.9%) were consistent with Consensus class and dose guidelines. Depressive symptoms and diabetes were significant positive predictors of ADs. Recent immigrants had lower odds of AD prescriptions. Conclusions: AD prescriptions among older MAs are low. Omitting AD class and dosing information may overestimate pharmacotherapy for geriatric depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006



  • Antidepressive agents
  • Depression
  • Geriatric
  • Latino/Hispanic Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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