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Rounds in the General Hospital

Using Psychostimulants to Treat Depression in the Medically Ill

Jeff C. Huffman, MD; and Theodore A. Stern, MD

Published: April 1, 2004

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

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