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J Clin Psychiatry. 2001;62 Suppl 21:29-32.

Risperidone for the treatment of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

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  • 1Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Wesley Woods Center on Aging, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA.


Risperidone offers physicians the unique combination of extensive, published clinical experience and a good safety profile for treating patients with dementia who have symptoms of aggression, agitation, and psychosis. Numerous open-label and, more recently, placebo-controlled trials have documented the efficacy of risperidone in the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. These trials also show that risperidone is better tolerated than conventional neuroleptic agents. Comparatively, patients treated with risperidone experience substantially fewer side effects, including extrapyramidal symptoms, cognitive toxicity, and tardive dyskinesia.

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