A new study published in WebMD found that managing difficult patients instead of using antipsychotic medications could have better results.
According to the report and the study's author at the University of New South Wales in Australia, drugs like Risperdal, Abilify, Seroquel and others are approved to treat psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but they are also used to calm aggression in seniors from dementia.
This study suggests that through training nursing staff to focus on resolving issues instead of medicating to reduce the risk of falls and deaths associated with the use of powerful antipsychotics. In this case, of 156 patients at 24 nursing homes who regularly took antipsychotics and were older than 60, 135 were taken off the drug and 76 percent were still not using them after 12 months.
A release from Alzheimer's Society reported that "90 percent of people with dementia experience behavioural and psychological symptoms, such as aggression, agitatcontinue reading →