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Why are antipsychotic medications prescribed to elderly people with dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
For symptom relief: Anyone of any age who has dementia can suffer from fearfulness, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions and other psychotic symptoms. Antipsychotic medications can be the most effective way to minimize or eliminate these symptoms and the suffering they cause. Use of any medication for any illness should be preceded by a discussion of risks and benefits.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 41 years experience
Psychosis is complic: One complication of dementia is psychosis. Many dementia pts. Turn aggressive and violent so drs. Recommend antipsychotics to keep them calm.

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