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Risks run high when antipsychotics are prescribed for dementia

from NPR

When you hear about dementia, the chances are you think about memory problems. But other common symptoms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, can be even more troublesome to patients and their families: aggressiveness, agitation, delusions and hallucinations. More than 90 percent of patients with dementia will experience some of those symptoms over the course of their illness, says University of Michigan psychiatrist Donovan Maust. And it's these burdensome symptoms that often lead doctors to prescribe antipsychotic medicines for these patients. more


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