Antipsychotics - prescribing in dementia

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Abstract

This guidance is intended to assist in the decision making process for the treatment of patients with symptoms of stress and distress in dementia, also referred to as Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

It is recognised that non-pharmacological interventions are first line in the management of symptoms of stress and distress in dementia, but in certain circumstances, pharmacological intervention may be required. The guidance is intended to facilitate initiation and withdrawal of antipsychotics where appropriate, giving consideration for safe and effective prescribing.

This guidance supports a rational approach to antipsychotic prescribing for patients with symptoms of stress and distress in dementia under the care of specialist NHSGG&C Older People's Mental Health Services, in hospitals and community settings.

NOTE: This guideline is hosted on the NHSGGC MyPsych website. Clicking the link below will open the guideline in a new window.

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Mental Health