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Psychotropic medications used in Australia - information for aged care

What are psychotropic medications? 

Psychotropic medications are ‘any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behaviour'

The three main classes of psychotropics prescribed are antidepressants, anxiolytic/hypnotics (mostly benzodiazepines to manage anxiety and insomnia) and antipsychotics. Other psychotropic classes include anticonvulsants and stimulants. 

Because they affect the brain and mind, anti-dementia medication and opioids can be classed as psychotropic medication. When more than one psychotropic agent is used, especially in the elderly, the side effects and risks can be compounded.

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