Tag Archives: Atypical Antipsychotics

Pharmacotherapies for Sleep Disturbances in Alzheimer’s Disease (Cochrane Database)

Summary This systematic review investigates the efficacy and adverse effects of drug treatments for sleep disturbances in Alzheimer’s Disease. The authors comment on the lack of evidence to guide drug treatment of sleep problems in Alzheimer’s Disease. Full Text Link … Continue reading

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Discontinuation of Antipsychotics in Patients with Dementia (Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders)

Summary The authors performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies comparing the outcomes of antipsychotics discontinuation (versus their continuation) in people with dementia. Changes to the severity of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) was the … Continue reading

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Antipsychotics for the Management of Agitation in Adults with Personality Disorders or Cognitive Impairment (CADTH)

Summary This Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) report summarises existing guidelines and reviews the clinical effectiveness of antipsychotics for reducing agitation in adults with personality disorders or cognitive impairment. Full Text Link Reference Antipsychotics for the … Continue reading

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Antipsychotics for Delirium in General Hospitals (International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry)

Summary This article discusses a prospective observational study, conducted over 1 year at 33 general hospitals in Japan, into the risks and benefits of antipsychotics for older patients with delirium in general hospital settings. Of 2834 patients who developed delirium, 2453 … Continue reading

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Comparative Mortality Risks from Antipsychotics in Community-Dwelling Older Adults (British Journal of Psychiatry)

Summary A US observational study of 136,393 people, aged 65 years and older, and living in the community, who had recently started taking antipsychotics, was performed to estimate the comparative mortality risks of commonly prescribed antipsychotics. These individuals had recently … Continue reading

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PEARL Specialised Dementia Service Confirms Reduced Requirement for Antipsychotic Medication (Four Seasons Health Care)

Summary This report covers the progress of Four Seasons Health Care in halving use of antipsychotic medication for adults with dementia through their specialist PEARL (Positively Enriching And enhancing Residents’ Lives) care programme. Many positive outcomes are reported. Full Text … Continue reading

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Resources to Reduce Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Dementia (UKMi / East & South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services)

Summary This document assembles a collection of resources to support primary and secondary care pharmacists in reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics for patients showing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The resources are based on the “Medicines Use … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication (British Psychological Society)

Summary The Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP) has released the “Alternatives to Antipsychotic Medication” report in support of the Dementia Action Alliance’s campaign against the over-prescription of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia. This report shows how evidence-based … Continue reading

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Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs in Care Homes (NHS Choices / Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

Summary The NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” service has drawn attention to a further study raising concern over the prescribing of psychotropic medicines for elderly people living in care homes. The study in question examined how psychotropic drugs – i.e. … Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Prescribing for Dementia Patients Declines in UK (BMJ Open)

Summary A cohort study into the pattern and trends in the use of antipsychotics and antidepressants etc. in Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias has discovered that antipsychotic prescribing by GPs did fall markedly from 20% in 1995 to around 7% … Continue reading

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