A GP guide to deprescribing antipsychotics

How to safely withdraw antipsychotics prescribed for the treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

Need to know:

  • Prescription of risperidone now requires authority for 12 weeks of initial therapy for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in patients with Alzheimer’s disease characterised by psychotic symptoms and aggression who have failed to respond to non-pharmacological measures.
  • Antipsychotics, such as risperidone, are modestly effective in the