Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Stroke risk same for newer dementia drugs as forerunners, Canadian study says

From the Canadian Press:
Witnessing a once sweet-tempered loved one turn belligerent and physically aggressive is one of the most difficult aspects of dementia for family members to contend with. And although certain drugs can ease those symptoms, some doctors have been wary of prescribing them because of fears they may cause stroke.

Patient trials have suggested that newer medications like risperidone and olanzapine, known as atypical antipsychotics, double the danger of strokes and other cardiovascular events compared with older antipsychotics like haloperidol. ...more

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