Jan 22, 2009

Generalized Anxiety Disorder In Older Adults


Older adults have been a part of a study for the use of medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Studies have been done in adults and young adults, but very little for older adults.  The study found medication to be moderately useful.  85 older adult patients in the study were placed on Lexapro and 92 were given a placebo.  Average age for this study is about 71 years old.  At the end of 12 weeks the study showed that 7% over half of  the patients that were on the Lexapro showed an improvement with their daily functioning and their GAD.  5% under half taking the placebo showed a positive result.  These numbers are post drop out.  The medicine takes about 4 weeks to get in the patients system and begin to work.  But the researchers say if you stick with the plan, you will most likely see beneficial results.