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How effective are antipsychotic medications in treating mild dementia?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ramin Rafie
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: At times
Antipsychotics are not the first line treatment of dementia.
..Having said that...At times they are effective.

In brief: At times
Antipsychotics are not the first line treatment of dementia.
..Having said that...At times they are effective.
Dr. Ramin Rafie
Dr. Ramin Rafie
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Psychosis
Antipsychotic medications help with paranoia, hallucinations and delusions not with dementia itself.

In brief: Psychosis
Antipsychotic medications help with paranoia, hallucinations and delusions not with dementia itself.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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