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Can people with dementia get to the point of needing antipsychotics too?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 59 years experience
Yes: Profound dementia can cause organic psychosis.
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes They Can: As many of the dementias progress, patients may begin to display symptoms of psychosis such as: auditory and/or visual hallucinations, paranoia, and delusional thinking. These symptoms may lead to negative behaviors making it difficult to provide a patient's necessary care. Antipsychotic medications can be helpful, but they are not fda approved to treat seniors. Consult with an expert.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
In short,: Yes. Psychotic symptoms can occur in dementia and these are the only medicines available to treat these symptoms.

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