Using Psychostimulants to Treat Depression in the Medically Ill

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Have you ever wondered if there is a class of antidepressants that works within days instead of weeks or months? Have you considered using psychostimulants in the medically ill but weren’t sure if it would be safe? These issues are framed by the following case presentation of an elderly man with symptoms of major depressive disorder that complicated his recovery from respiratory failure. A discussion of the use of psychostimulants in medically ill patients follows the case presentation; a brief annotated bibliography is also included.​

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2004;6(1):44-46