Limiting antipsychotic drugs in dementia

Doctors who place people with dementia on antipsychotic drugs should have in place a deprescribing plan to eventually end treatment to help reduce the widening use of these medications. 

The Dementia Centre Head of Clinical Services A/Prof Stephen Macfarlane and HammondCare Dementia Centre Director A/Prof Colm Cunningham have written in the February edition of Australian Prescriber that older people are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs at a rate that dwarfs that of younger cohorts.

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