Dementia Patients Taking Antipsychotics Have A Higher Mortality Risk

March 19, 2015 4:47 PM

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According to a new study, dementia patients taking antipsychotics have a higher mortality risk. Many health professionals still resort to antipsychotics despite the potential danger of this treatment and the availability of other options like valproic acid, cholinesterase inhibitors and antidepressants.

The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School and VA Center for Clinical Management Research which used data from the VA national electronic health record system to asses approximately 91,000 veterans older than 65 and suffering from dementia. The res...

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