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Antipsychotic Medications Prescribed Dementia
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more
Can we use antipsychotics for patients with Alzheimer's disease and psychosis knowing that antipsychotics may lead to death in patients with dementia ?
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. ...Read more
Can neupogen be prescribed to patient with low wbc/low absolute neutrophil count resulting from antipsychotic medications? Thanks
Yes: That's one indication.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not by themselves: Both antipsychotics and antidepressants are complicated. Some depressed people have hallucinations, delusions, and extreme agitation with their condition. These people need antipsychotic medicines along with antidepressants to get well. Also some cases of treatment-resistant depression respond to low-dose antipsychotic medicines added to the antidepressant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 86yr dad had dementia and suffers from sundowners. Is there any medication out there to help? His doc said no, but i thought i'd ask anyway.
Gabapentin: First be sure that you set clear day and night settings, so that ample light exposure occurs during the dwy and ample dark, as well as quiet, occurs at night. If meds are needed, you can try gabapentin. It improves sleep quality. It is a very safe medicine. It has been shown to be helpful for agitation in dementia patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For symptoms : Dementia cannot be treated directly. There are medicines for many symptoms or interventions involving the environment or training caregivers. Dementia specific medicines like aricept, namenda, Exelon can help prevent or treat anxiety, agitation and aggression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Newer v. Older: Older antipsychotics include drugs like haldol, thorazine, Mellaril and navane. Newer agents include risperal, zyprexa, seroquel and geodon. The newer agents are associated with somewhat fewer side effects and long term complications such as tardive dyskinesia, but still have lots of side effects. For many psychiatric disorders, they are the best treatments we have. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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