First Generation and Newer Classes of Antipsychotic Medications May Increase Risk of Death Among Elderly

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Antipsychotic medications

Among Americans age 65 and older, antipsychotic medications are widely used for a variety of disorders including dementia, delirium, psychosis and agitation. Complicating this widespread use, in April 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory warning that newer or "atypical" antipsychotic medications nearly doubled the risk of death among elderly patients.

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