Antipsychotics overused in aged care, experts say


One in four patients with dementia in Australia’s aged care homes are being prescribed antipsychotics, new data suggest.

A review of medication charts for 24,864 patients in aged care facilities around the country found that antipsychotics were included in the medication regimen in 6333 cases (25.4%).

More than 80% of these patients were prescribed low doses of antipsychotics, such as risperidone 0.25mg, said lead researcher Dr Chris Alderman, director of Wards