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Can we use antipsychotics for patients with alzheimer's disease and psychosis knowing that antipsychotics may lead to death in patients with dementia ?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Sometimes, no choice: Antipsychotics are best avoided in managing agitation in dementia. However, if the agitation is the result of actual psychosis i.e., delusions and hallucinations, the risk/benefit ratio often shifts in favor of using antipsychotics, as untreated psychosis itself is a risk of factor for serious injury to self/others. Hope this helps.

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