Antipsychotics and their hidden role in brain injury

The drugs raise the risk of falls causing trauma in elderly people with dementia

The use of antipsychotics in elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease might raise their risk of traumatic brain injury from falls, researchers warn.

Elderly person

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, Finnish researchers have found antipsychotics are associated with a 29% increased risk of head injuries, and a 22% increased risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

The group analysed data from health records of 22,000 matched pairs of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (mean age 81.7) living in the community.