How to Identify and Manage Side Effects of Antipsychotics in Elderly Populations

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.

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