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Are antipsychotics the only medical treatment for delusions in the elderly? Is there anything more natural i could try first?
Elderly delusions: Delusions in the elderly come from many sources -- including medical problems like dehydration, constipation, and urinary tract infections. Medications can also cause this. Treatment is to find & address these causes. The only "antipsychotic" herb i know -- rauwolfia serpentina -- can also cause low bp. Not safe in elderly people! very low-dose antipsychotic meds may help safely, though. ...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
Safe?: Like all medications there are potential side effects some of which can be very serious with any antipsychotic. It is always risk vs benefit and everyone reacts differently. In my experience Abilify (aripiprazole) has less side effects than any of the others, but it is not necessarily the best in terms of efficacy ...Read more
Antipsychotic SEs?: Antipsychotics can affect sexual function. This side effect is uncommon, but can occur. Remember that antipsychotics, esp atypical antipsychotics, are often used in the treatment of medical problems that can themselves affect sexual interest/libido (depression, bipolar d/o). Talk with your doctor to clarify ur concerns & select the best treatment for you. ...Read more
Not recommended: If you're looking for a way to use antipsychotic medications to lose weight in terms of their side effects I would strongly recommend that you investigate other more definitive ways of accomplishing this worthy goal such as efficient dieting and the development of lifestyle goals and habits that will just cause the kilos to melt away! Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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