In a study of 10,969 older patients treated with antipsychotics in Quebec, Canada, researchers found a 2.19 times greater risk of heart attack in the first 30 days than in a matched set of non-antipsychotic users. “… physicians should limit prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to patients with dementia and instead use other techniques when available, such as environmental and behavioral strategies, to keep these patients safe and engaged,” the authors said. Results will appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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