Drugs used to control dementia aggression can be dangerous

March 18, 2015 6:52 PM

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Medicating dementia patients may ease the demons that trigger aggression and other behavior problems, but it also boosts their risk of dying early – even more so than previously believed, according to a new study.

Often, antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to protect caregiving staff and loved ones from violent patients or, in some cases, to protect patients from themselves.

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