n African Journal of Psychiatry - Duloxetine in elderly patients with depression - improvement in cognition, painful symptoms and mood : product news




Cognitive impairment is common in patients with depression. Verbal learning, memory tests, working memory, focussed attention and decision making may all be impaired. In the elderly, major depressive disorder is common, but in addition to its association with depression, the aetiology of cognitive impairment is complex and includes cerebrovascular and Alzheimer's-type neurodegenerative changes. Cognitive impairment may precede depression, and some elderly patients with depression may have neurodegenerative changes that are precursors to dementia.


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