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Long-Term Use of Some Antipsychotics Not Warranted in Older Adults: Study
Date:11/28/2012

and private homes when caregivers aren't always available.

There are no magic bullets to treat agitation and aggressive and threatening behavior, but there are alternatives to prescribing drugs, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, Schneider said.

Jeste concluded: "The practical implication of our research is that we should be very careful in using any of these drugs in people over 40, especially if we are using them off label for any length of time."

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The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about mental health medications.

SOURCES: Dilip Jeste, M.D., president, American Psychiatric Association, and distinguished professor, psychiatry and neuroscience, University of California, San Diego; Lon Schneider, M.D., professor, psychiatry, neurology and gerontology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Dan Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., chairman and professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Nov. 27, 2012, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry


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