Leigh Ann writes includes so much good information in her blogs. I feel like I have to share it!

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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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  1. A patient,victim speaks.
    There are two kinds of antipsychotics the 50 year old tried and tested inexpensive *typical* antipsychotics like Thorazine,and the newer so-called *atypicals* like Risperdal,Seroquel,Zyprexa.
    These drugs are lifesavers for those with delusional mental illness which is only 1 percent of the population.
    The saga of the so called *atypical antipsychotics* is one of incredible profit.Eli Lilly made $65 BILLION on Zyprexa franchise (*Viva Zyprexa* Lilly sales rep slogan).

    Described as *the most successful drug in the history of neuroscience* the drugs at $12 pill are used by states to medicate deinstitutionalized mental patients to keep them out of the $500-$1,200 day hospitals.There is a whole underclass block of our society,including children in foster care that are the market for these drugs,but have little voice of protest if harmed by them.I am an exception,I got diabetes from Zyprexa as an off-label treatment for PTSD and I am not a mentally challenged victim so I post.
    Google-Haszard Zyprexa
    –Daniel Haszard – FMI http://www.zyprexa-victims.com

  2. I just wanted to thank you for reblogging the posts I write for OurParents and for the compliment. I appreciate your support and am so glad you find the information helpful. I’ve been looking through your blog, and you find neat posts! (Not just mine. Ha!)

    • You post a lot of very good information. It’s too late to help with either of my parents, but my husband’s sister does live with us, and we aren’t getting any younger!

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