Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Anti-Psychotics Worsen Illness

I'm one of those people who is sick and tired of saying, "I told you so." Unfortunately, I have to do it so often that I've just become accustomed to it - like going to work or having sex with your wife is for some.

Researchers now say that anti-psychotic medications prescribed to Alzheimer's patients worsens their condition. The same is true of these medications when they are prescribed to patients with mental illness, as I have said for years and years (though the study had nothing to do with this and does not necessarily back-up my claims).

In the study, the researchers looked at patients from four nursing homes. Up to 60% of all Alzheimer's patients are prescribed anti-psychotic meds to combat mental deterioration and aggression, but the study found that while the benefits were minimal, the side-effects were numerous and debilitating. Side-effects included a marked decline in vocabulary skills, increased risk of stroke and heart attack, and death - among other things. The research was conducted on patients with "mild" symptoms, but researchers said that the treatment should only be used on those with long-term and severe problems, and only then after all other methods have failed.

"This widespread overprescription to people with dementia must stop," said Neil Hunt of the Alzheimer's Society, "It is time we stop wasting money giving people drug treatments with no benefit..."

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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