Overmedication rife among dementia patients

Interventions to promote deprescribing may be warranted

Dementia patients are routinely overmedicated, according to an Australian-led international study.

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In the first year of diagnosis, overall medication use increased by 11% and the use of inappropriate medications increased by 17%, the study shows.

This trend rose significantly over time, and was also a problem for elderly people without dementia.

Benzodiazepines, pain medication, antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors were the most commonly overprescribed drugs.

A number of reasons may account for the findings, say the study authors,

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