Agitation in people with Alzheimer’s should first be treated without drugs

Monday, September 10, 2018

An international panel of experts in dementia care has agreed that the best ways to reduce agitation in Alzheimer’s patients are non-pharmacological. Based on a comprehensive evidence review, the top-ranked methods include assessment and management of underlying causes, educating caregivers, adapting the environment, person-centred care and providing a tailored activity program. The antidepressant citalopram and the atypical antipsychotic risperidone ranked sixth and seventh on the list of recommended treatments. Panel members used an international Delphi consensus process to prioritize existing and emerging treatments for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A clear preference emerged in favour of an escalating approach to managing BPSD.

SOURCE: International Psychogeriatrics, August 2018
https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610218000534

DATE Retrieved: September 5, 2018

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