International Journal of Mental Health & PsychiatryISSN: 2471-4372

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Editorial, Int J Ment Health Psychiatry Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Using Anti psychotics in Older Individuals with Dementia: Balancing Efficacy with Adverse Effects

Rajesh R Tampi1* and Deena J Tampi2
1Department of Psychiatry, Metro Health, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
2Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Corresponding author : Rajesh R Tampi
MD, MS, DFAPA, Vice Chairman for Education, Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Department of Psychiatry, Metro Health 2500 Metro Health Drive, Cleveland, Ohio, 44109, USA
Tel: (203) 809 5223
Received: May 06, 2015 Accepted: May 08, 2015 Published: May 09, 2015
Citation: Tampi RR, Tampi DJ (2015) Using Antipsychotics in Older Individuals with Dementia: Balancing Efficacy with Adverse Effects. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry 1:1. doi:10.4172/2471-4372.1000e101


A recent New York Times article highlighted the issue on the overuse of psychotropic medications in older adults with dementias who live in the United States. It was mentioned in this report that the US government had concerns regarding the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications like aripiprazole, risperidone, olanzapine and clozapine in individuals with dementias who lived at home or at assisted living facilities and nursing homes. In view of this recent report, it is prudent to evaluate the evidence for the use of antipsychotic medications for treating behavioral symptoms of dementia.

Keywords: Dementia; Antipsychotics

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