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Study Finds Antidepressant May Relieve Agitation in Alzheimer’s Patients

In Alzheimer’s patients, agitation is one of the most common reasons that people are moved out of their homes or prescribed antipsychotics but a new study in JAMA has discovered a potential treatment for agitation symptoms. Researches gave 94 Alzheimer’s patients with agitation 30 mg of citalopram, a drug currently used as an antidepressant, and 92 patients with agitation a placebo pill. At the end of the study, researchers found that 40% of agitation patients who took citalopram reported feeling relieved of agitation, compared to only 26% of the placebo group. Results also showed that caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients who took citalopram reported reduced caregiver distress.

Read the study published in JAMA.