Antipsychotic medications, such as Seroquel and Risperdol, are frequently prescribed for people who live with dementia. However, there's been a lot of research conducted about this class of medicine, and many of it highlights significant safety concerns and risks for those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Read more below about the risks and benefits, as well as specific situations where these medicines may be appropriate and helpful.
Antipsychotic medications have been prescribed for people with dementia for everything from restlessness, wandering, insomnia, combativeness and anxiety. But, according to the US Federal Drug Administration, none of those conditions are approved reasons to use antipyschotics, also called neuroleptics. So, why are they prescribed, then? And, do they help people or harm them?... Read more
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that sometimes develops into Alzheimer's disease, has many causes, including very early undiagnosed Alzheimer's. But some of the causes of MCI may be reversible,... Read more
Not everyone who has Alzheimer's disease will develop challenging behaviors, but according to the Alzheimer's Association, about 90% will experience at least one behavior or mood difficulty, often during the... Read more