Research confirms inappropriate use of antipsychotics for dementia
A study which shows that antipsychotic drugs are worsening the condition of people with Alzheimer’s disease has been praised by the Alzheimer’s Society.
The research, published in , demonstrates that antipsychotic drugs not only have no long-term benefit for people with dementia, but also cause significant cognitive deterioration.
More than 100,000 people with dementia are currently prescribed antipsychotic drugs which previous research has shown increases the risk of stroke and death for people with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Neil Hunt said this blanket prescription put vulnerable people at risk of side effects that were very distressing for the person and their families.
“This widespread over prescription to people with dementia must stop,” said Mr Hunt.
“Dementia isn’t just forgetfulness; it’s caused by diseases of the brain and more than half of all people with dementia experience behavioural symptoms as part of their con