Anti-psychotic medicines which are commonly used to cure Alzheimer’s illness may possibly increase a patient’s chance of dying within some years according to the latest study. Such surveys augment the concerns existing about such medications.
As per Clive Ballard, the lead author of the paper, working for the Wolfson Centre for age related diseases at the King’s College of London, majority of these patients suffering fromAlzheimer do not have a major risk from these specific drugs. It would put a question in everyone’s mind which is would you want to take a drug that would help you reduce aggression but increase your risk of dying sooner.
The result of this research was published in the Friday issue of the medical journal. Alzheimer’s disease is considered to be the most popular cause for dementia and causes all sorts of symptoms including delusions, excessive aggression and hallucinations.
Along with, previous studies have also confirmed that psychotic drugs that help the patients to deal with aggression and hallucination increase the risk of death in elderly patients with dementia. The other side effects of these drugs also include breathing problems as well as stroke.
In United States and United Kingdom, specific guidelines direct the doctor to use the drug appropriately, however, a range of nursing homes across Europe and North America are given these drugs routinely to treat dementia.
Despite these studies, experts aren’t sure how these drugs increase the risk of death in elderly patients but they are sure that these drugs could damage the brain and their sedative effects bring dizziness to the patients and make them vulnerable to severe infections.