Opioid use increasing in elderly patients with dementia


A decade ago, the FDA issued a black-box warning about the increased mortality risk associated with atypical antipsychotics used to treat dementia-related psychosis; the warning was extended in 2008 to include typical antipsychotics (www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm124830.htm).

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