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Anti-psychotic drugs reduced in nursing homes

Nursing homes around the country are trying to reduce their use of powerful anti-psychotic drugs.

In some facilities, caretakers say patients who were sedated and detached have gotten a new lease on life after being transitioned off the drugs.

Hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients remain on anti-psychotics because there are no drug alternatives for behavioral problems linked to dementia.

Magnolia Manor in Americus uses non-drug alternatives for some patients who have dementia.

"Some respond well to music therapy, activity therapy, stimulation, those kinds of management therapies. We of course want to use the least restrictive," says Susie Fussell, Administrator.

Anti-psychotics aren't FDA-approved for the treatment of dementia-related behavioral issues but are widely used for that purpose.

 

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