Popular Antidepressant Eases Alzheimer's Agitation, Johns Hopkins University Study

Published: Feb 19, 2014

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A widely used anti-depressant is effective for treating agitation in some patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer”s disease, a study has found, further suggesting that the drug could be a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs currently used to treat the condition. Although the antipsychotic drugs are often used to help ease the agitation in elderly Alzheimer”s patients, treatment with these prescription medications is also associated with a higher risk of death for adult Alzheimer”s patients. The new study, therefore, offers a hope for Alzheimer”s patients as well as their caregivers.

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