Recently new data has become available on the safety and the effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs in the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms in elderly patients with dementia. The effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs on behavioural disturbances in elderly patients with dementia is poor. The application of atypical antipsychotic drugs in this group of patients leads to an increased risk on cerebrovasculair accidents (CVA). First generation typical antipsychotic drugs may also increase the incidence of CVA. Haloperidol and risperidone, in dosages up till 2 mg a day, remain the preferred drugs. The effectiveness of antipsychotic therapy drugs must be evaluated periodically.
|Translated title of the contribution||The application of antipsychotic drugs in elderly patients with dementia|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Verpleeghuisgeneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|