Using Antipsychotics for Elderly Patients Boosts Kidney Risks .

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Older adults treated with atypical antipsychotics are at increased risk of kidney injury, according to a study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings add to previous evidence that this class of drugs is risky for older adults.

Although atypical antipsychotics are commonly prescribed for older adults to treat agitation and other behavioral symptoms of dementia, the US Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drug for this purpose. In fact, since 2005 the agency has warned that use of these drugs to treat older adults with dementia was associated with a 2-fold increased risk of death. An agency analysis of 17 placebo-controlled trials found the risk of death among patients with dementia taking olanzapine, aripiprazole, risperidone, or quetiapine was 4.5% compared with 2.6% among those taking a placebo.

Using antipsychotic drugs to treat older patients with dementia increases the risk of kidney injury, a new study found. (Image: JAMA, ©AMA)

Use of atypical antipsychotics is associated with a range of adverse effects, including hypotension, pneumonia, heart…

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