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Antipsychotics for Dementia Raises Mortality Rate

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points

o Explain to interested patients that antipsychotics drugs are licensed to treat conditions such as schizophrenia, but are sometimes used off-label to treat some aspects of dementia.

o Note that this study suggests that such use is accompanied by an increased for death, a risk that appears relatively quickly

KINGSTON, Ontario, June 4 -- Using antipsychotic drugs to treat patients with dementia may be fatal, according to researchers here.

They found a sharply increased risk of death that was evident within a month of starting the drugs, reported Sudeep Gill, M.D., of Queen's University and St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, and colleagues, in the June issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

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