Deprescribing antipsychotics

Use of antipsychotic medications in dementia patients can be harmful and should be ceased in many cases

Use of antipsychotic medications in dementia patients can be harmful and should be ceased in many cases.

Medication_elderly

In March 2014, the Australian Parliament released its Senate committee report ‘Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia (BPSD)'.1

Recommendations included that use of antipsychotic medication be reviewed by the prescribing doctor after the first three months of use, and then ceased if possible.

If antipsychotic medication is used for more than six

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