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A Roadmap to Key Pharmacologic Principles in Using Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Older Patients

George S. Alexopoulos, M.D.

Published: January 15, 2009

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Abstract

Antipsychotics are widely used to treat psychiatric disorders in older patients. While the growing number of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) has increased options for patients, it has also complicated clinical decision-making. Data from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s ) Practice Research Network indicated disproportionately high use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepine medications among older patients compared with those under age 65.


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