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Antipsychotics Often Used Longer Than Recommended in Dementia

Antipsychotic medication use often lasted longer than recommended by guidelines among people with dementia, a new study found. The cohort study included people aged ≥65 years with dementia in 68 residential aged facilities from 2014-2017. Medication administration records were used to identify antipsychotic medication use. Researchers found:

  • 5,825 residents with dementia were identified.
  • Annual prevalence of antipsychotic use ranged from 27.6% to 32.6%.
  • Mean time to initiation after admission was 308.4 days for female individuals and 173.2 days for male individuals.
  • Overall, 65% of people who used antipsychotics did so for >3 months even without psychiatric comorbidities.


Lind KE, et al. Duration of antipsychotic medication use by aged care facility residents with dementia. [Published online ahead of print July 22, 2019]. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. doi: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000336.