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How do antipsychotic drugs help people with dementia related behavior issues?

Status: Open    Jan 01, 2015 - 10:34 AM


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Mar 09, 2015 - 08:09 AM

Depression, hallucinations, delusions, aggression, agitation, wandering and “sundowning” are all very common behavioral and psychotic symptoms of dementia. Many times when someone is living with dementia their brain chemistry has been altered by the disease. One popular school of thought is that by prescribing antipsychotic medications it will “short circuit” the issue causing the psychotic symptoms. When antipsychotics are prescribed at a low dose they do not have a sedative effect and will help to alleviate the hallucinations and aggressive behaviors associated with advanced dementia.

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