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Antipsychotic Drugs for People with Dementia (AGS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Geriatrics Society
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 09/11/2013
People with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can become restless, aggressive, or disruptive. Doctors often prescribe powerful antipsychotic drugs to treat these behaviors. But in most cases, antipsychotics should not be the first choice for treatment. For one thing, they don't help much.