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Certain Drug Treatments for Dementia May Be More Dangerous for Older Patients

A new study shows a link between certain medications and increased risk of death or hospitalization. Antipsychotic drugs may lead to increased risk of hospitalization and death, a new study reports. The study analyzed a group of elderly patients that were prescribed antipsychotic medications like Haldol (haloperidol), Risperdal (risperidone) and Zyprexa (olanzapine). The patients were 3.2 times more likely to die or be hospitalized for antipsychotic medication injuries than those who did not receive any antipsychotic medication. This study raises concerns about the need to prescribe medication to older patients when nonmedication therapies could suffice.

Read more about the antipsychotic medication injuries here.