Medline ® Abstract for Reference 101
of 'Pediatric palliative care'
Methylphenidate for depression in hospice practice: a case series.
Homsi J, Walsh D, Nelson KA, LeGrand S, Davis M
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2000;17(6):393.
Psychostimulants such as methylphenidate have been used for depression in cancer patients. We report the successful use of methylphenidate to treat depression in 10 consecutive patients with advanced cancer. A rapid onset of effect was noted. Appetite, concentration, fatigue, and sedation also improved in some persons. No severe side effects were noted.
The Harry R. Horvitz Center for Palliative Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center, Ohio, USA.