Antidepressant Treatment of Medical-Surgical Inpatients by Nonpsychiatric Physicians

Allan L. Callies, Michael K Popkin

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The prescribing of antidepressants by nonpsychiatric physicians on adult medical-surgical inpatient services of a university hospital was examined through the review of medical records of patients who received amitriptyline hydrochloride, doxepin hydrochloride, or imipramine hydrochloride during a one-year period. Reasons for antidepressant use were treatment of depression (56%), pain (30%), or other conditions (14%). Regardless of the reason for use, nonpsychiatric physicians were found to use relatively low dosages, rarely plan or effect dosage increases, and rarely discontinue medication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1987


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