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Six steps for safe prescribing antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in residential aged care

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Best practice for managing the behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia uses a person-centred approach.

Antipsychotics and benzodiazepines have a very limited role in this area. They only work for a small percentage of people with specific indications. They also increase the risk of patient harm.

If you’re thinking of prescribing these medicines to manage the behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia, follow these 6 steps.

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