Friday, February 24, 2012

Antipsychotics death dementia

  • THURSDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) Compared to other antipsychotic drugs, haloperidol (Haldol) raises the risk of death in elderly patients with dementia, a new study finds. One outside expert believes the finding should aid in dementia care.
  • (US News and World Report)
  • Some antipsychotic medication may increase the risk of death in patients with dementia more than others, according to US research. The drugs have a powerful sedative effect so are often used when dementia patients become aggressive or distressed.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • She said 'This research supports existing studies that have shown antipsychotics can raise the risk of death, particularly when used over the longer term.
  • (Daily Mail)
  • "It is clear that this drug carries an increased risk for death in elderly patients with dementia and should not be used.
  • (WebMD)
  • But researchers have warned that they double the risk of early death – leading to an estimated 'We want to reduce the level of antipsychotics prescribing for people with dementia by two-thirds.
  • (Daily Mail)
  • Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with hyperosmolar coma, or death, has been reported in patients treated with atypical antipsychotics, including Quetiapine.
  • (Xagena Medical News)

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