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You may have heard claims in the news lately about nursing homes overusing antipsychotic medications on people with Alzheimer’s. But what’s the right amount? What’s the magic number that indicates the drugs aren’t being overprescribed?
There’s no hard-and-fast rule, but there are some general guidelines, reports the website of The Boston Globe.
If more than 25 percent of residents are using antipsychotic medications, this may indicate that the Unit relies more on medications rather than behavioral techniques to calm aggressive symptoms, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
[A report from The Globe] winnowed this down further to determine the rate of prescribing antipsychotic drugs to those without psychosis or a related condition — which isn’t recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration for safety reasons. The report found that the national median for using antipsychotics in such patients was 16.7 percent, but you also need to ask about…
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