Question 1: True

Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes prescribed to treat disruptive behaviors in people with dementia or insomnia. However, new research shows that people who take antipsychotic drugs are putting themselves at:

  • A higher risk of memory and concentration problems
  • An increased risk of falls and fractures (hip, wrist)
  • An increased risk of having a stroke
  • A higher risk of dizziness, confusion, diabetes, weight gain, high cholesterol

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Question 2: True

The dose of the drug is related to the occurrence of harmful effects. Even at small doses, all antipsychotic drugs slow your brain performance and reflexes.

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Question 3: False

Antipsychotic medication was developed primarily to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disease. These medications were never intended to treat insomnia or disruptive behaviours in people with dementia.

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Question 4: False

Antipsychotic medication masks the symptoms of agitation in patients with dementia without addressing the underlying cause. The risks associated with these drugs are serious.

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