Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
In elderly patients^ what are the risks and benefits of stopping long-term antipsychotics (initiated
for behavioral concerns)?

Bottom-line:
In elderly patients on long-term antipsychotics^ withdrawal of antipsychotics in four patients may prevent one death at two years. After discontinuation^ neuropsychiatric symptoms appear to vary little^ although one study suggests stopping after four months can cause one in four more patients to have a relapse of neuropsychiatric symptoms.


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Publication Date: 2013-7-4
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 17:03:31