DementiaRoadmap

Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Prescribing

When people with dementia exhibit challenging behaviours, whether in their own home, a care home or hospital, they may very often be prescribed antipsychotic drugs which can then have an adverse effect on the physical health of people with dementia.

Good practice recommendations, such as the NICE dementia guidelines, recommend psychosocial interventions as the first line approach and emphasise the importance of assessing medical conditions and pain, which often underpin the development of these symptoms.

The value of not rushing into treatment is also important, as many people with challenging behaviours will experience significant improvement or resolution of symptoms over a 4–6 week period.

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