"Family members may not realize the kinds of medications their loved ones are receiving. Antipsychotic medications have a sedating effect that leads to inactivity and falls, and they have many serious risks," says Crystal, a professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work. The overuse of antipsychotics in the elderly also can lead to physical inactivity, more time in bed and pneumonia due to inactivity.
Antipsychotic medications, approved to treat serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, carry an FDA Black Box warning reserved for prescription drugs that pose significant risk of serious or life-threatening adverse effects. Antipsychotics are particularly dangerous for elderly patients with dementia and have been found to cause an increased risk of death among nursing home residents.
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