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About Alzheimer's / Dementia: Antipsychotic Medications in People with Dementia

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From Esther Heerema, MSW, your Guide to Alzheimer's / Dementia
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.

Antipsychotics for People with Dementia: Good, Bad or Other?
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

How to Not Stick Your Foot in Your Mouth
Most of us have had that uncomfortable feeling of, "Ooh, maybe I shouldn't have said that" in response to a diagnosis or health challenge of a family member or friend.... Read more

Can Too Many Medications Cause Mild Cognitive Impairment?
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

The Challenge of Combative Behavior
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


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