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Why are antipsychotic medications prescribed to elderly people with dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Psychosis is complic

One complication of dementia is psychosis.
Many dementia pts. Turn aggressive and violent so drs. Recommend antipsychotics to keep them calm.

In brief: Psychosis is complic

One complication of dementia is psychosis.
Many dementia pts. Turn aggressive and violent so drs. Recommend antipsychotics to keep them calm.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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