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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.
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