Antipsychotics linked to increased mortality risk for patients with dementia

Pre-existing comorbidities also raise risk, but the effect of the drugs is independent of this, researchers say
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Patients with dementia have a 35% increased risk of death within six months of being prescribed an antipsychotic drug than those not using the drugs, a study confirms.  

Findings from a large registry study also suggest a higher rate of mortality in patients with dementia and comorbid cardiovascular disease or diabetes who initiate antipsychotics, but the relative risks are not additive, researchers have found.