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More than Half of UK Antipsychotic Prescribing is Not for Authorized Conditions

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More than Half of UK Antipsychotic Prescribing is Not for Authorized Conditions

More than Half of UK Antipsychotic Prescribing is Not for Authorized Conditions | Mad In America

January 4, 2015

More than half of the prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs in the UK are being issued “off-label” to treat conditions other than those for which the drugs are approved, according to a large study published in the British Medical Journal Open. Researchers also found significantly higher levels of prescribing of the medications to poorer people.

The team of University College London researchers examined instances of nearly 48,000 people in the UK receiving antipsychotics between 2007 and 2011. Most of these people were not being given the drugs as treatments for schizophrenia, psychosis or bipolar disorders for which the drugs have been studied and approved by the government, the researchers found, but for other conditions, such as anxiety, depression, dementia, sleep and personality disorders.

“The prescribing rate was significantly higher in women than in men, and people aged 80 and above were more than twice as likely to be treated with an antipsychotic as those aged 40-49,” stated a press release about the study. “Those living in areas of deprivation were more than three times as likely to be prescribed one of these drugs as those living in areas of affluence.”
 
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I was shocked to learn that my Gran who has had Alzheimer's for the past 4 or 5 years now was prescribed anti-psychotics. Am not sure of her medication situation now. I know she often has lorazepam.

Thing is, she was never volatile. Back when she was still able to walk and talk, she used to get confused and think she was nursing staff (she worked at a home herself in her younger years), and would go around asking if anybody wanted a cup of tea.

Makes me angry that she was sedated with these drugs just so that the staff could have an easier shift.

I'm convinced they're prescribed for their tranquillising effect rather than actually treating anything.. mind you, that could be said for any cases in which anti-psychotics are prescribed - even for their 'proper' use.
 
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I was shocked to learn that my Gran who has had Alzheimer's for the past 4 or 5 years now was prescribed anti-psychotics. Am not sure of her medication situation now. I know she often has lorazepam.

Thing is, she was never volatile. Back when she was still able to walk and talk, she used to get confused and think she was nursing staff (she worked at a home herself in her younger years), and would go around asking if anybody wanted a cup of tea.

Makes me angry that she was sedated with these drugs just so that the staff could have an easier shift.

I'm convinced they're prescribed for their tranquillising effect rather than actually treating anything.. mind you, that could be said for any cases in which anti-psychotics are prescribed - even for their 'proper' use.
I quite agree.
These anti-p drugs are often little more than sedatives.
Take away someone's enthusiasm, drive, motivation and energy and they won't be any trouble.
 
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