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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.

For full article, please visit:
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/alzheimer-dementia/article/10168/58011

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