We often put our trust in medical professionals to examine us and send us on our way with a prescription that fixes everything.
But for Alzheimer’s and related dementias, there are no miracle prescriptions.
Medications that cure or alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease don’t exist.
There are a handful of drugs approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
But there are no drugs approved by the FDA to treat dementia related behavioral symptoms.
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However, doctors and other medical professionals are allowed to issue prescriptions for off-label use. Unfortunately, this is often done as a first resort instead of observing and understanding the cause of the behavior.
In my article, The Overuse of Antipsychotics in Dementia Care, which was published on Next Avenue, I discuss how while there are limited instances when the use is appropriate, the overuse makes it seem appropriate to the untrained family caregiver.
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