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Medication prescribed to Alzheimer's patients may hasten their decline. Ellul et al, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 78; 233-239, 2007

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Medication prescribed to Alzheimer's patients may hasten their decline. Ellul et al, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 78; 233-239, 2007

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In a study of 224 people with Alzheimer's Disease who were living in the community, those who were taking antipsychotic drugs or sedatives had an almost three-fold higher risk of deterioration than those who were taking none. For those taking both antipsychotic and sedative drugs together, their risk of deterioration was almost quadrupled.

Ellul et al., ‘The effects of commonly prescribed drugs in patients with Alzheimer's disease on the rate of deterioration’, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 78; 233-239, 2007

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