In this paper, the frequent use of antipsychotics in facilities for the elderly is addressed, in addition to the increased cases of persistent drug-induced movement disorders in elderly patients. The elderly population are especially prone to falls and other quality of life issues as a result of these side effects. To combat this issue, recommendations for a prevention-based strategy are outlined, including a more limited use of the treatment. This includes the education of both patients and caregivers to recognize the early warning signs of drug-induced movement disorders.
Reference: Saltz BL, Robinson DG, Woerner MG. Recognizing and managing antipsychotic drug treatment side effects in the elderly. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2004;6(Suppl 2):14-19.