U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 23-year-old member asked:

How effective are antipsychotic medications in treating mild dementia?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ramin Rafie
Geriatrics 19 years experience
At times: Antipsychotics are not the first line treatment of dementia...Having said that...At times they are effective.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology 33 years experience
Tricky question: Antipsychotics are not used for primary treatment of dementia. The properties of older antipsychotics can actually increase dementia symptoms. The newer ones can be used for psychosis in the elderly with less risk than the old, but some increase the risk of diabetes. Often agitation in the elderly is a depressive equivalent which can be treated w/ antidepressants with less side effects.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychosis: Antipsychotic medications help with paranoia, hallucinations and delusions not with dementia itself.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Related questions

A 38-year-old male asked about a 56-year-old female:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 29-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Last updated Nov 27, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.