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Psychiatr Prax. 2010 Mar;37(2):68-70. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1220368. Epub 2009 Sep 1.

[Antipsychotic treatment of dementia after publication of new risks].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinische Pharmakologie, Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie der Universität Regensburg.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We investigated the change of antipsychotic treatment of elderly persons with dementia after several publications indicated an association between use of antipsychotics and cerebrovascular events in this population.

METHODS:

Twice a year, the complete medication, age, diagnosis and gender of all inpatients in 30 German psychiatric sites is collected anonymously in a data base for statistical analysis.

RESULTS:

The treatment changed for the benefit of Quetiapine and Haloperidol. The use of both Risperidone and Olanzapine decreased markedly.

CONCLUSION:

The antipsychotic treatment changed due to critical publication. But, the evidence for the risk profile is still a matter of debate.

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