Alcohol can increase blood levels of diazepam, and probably of other benzodiazepines. Alcohol also potentiates the CNS-depressant effects of these drugs. Before adding a psychotropic drug in older patients, discontinue as many drugs as possible. Prescribe smaller doses and follow cardiovascular status. Determine serum levels when in doubt, especially with tricyclic antidepressants.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Pages (from-to)||30-36, 39|
|State||Published - Dec 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology