Finally, in the news this week, we take a look at a recent report from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) new list of questionable uses for antipsychotic medications. The APA has a new campaign called Choosing Wisely where they focus on what they are calling be over use of antipsychotic medications for treatment of adult dementia patients and pediatric patients with behavioral issues.
List Includes Both Older and Newer Antipsychotics
The medications in the list include older antipsychotic medications as well as the newer atypical antipsychotics Newark to the marketplace. The medications that are discussed in the report include brand names like Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, and Abilify. The APA says these meds are questionable first choices for things like behavioral or psychological symptoms of dementia, children and teens with any condition other then a psychotic disorder, and adult insomnia.
For more information about this campaign check out the website choosingwisely.org for more about appropriate uses and medications for treatment of patients with behavioral problems. The Choosing Wisely website is one that is focused on helping patients and caregivers have intelligent and informed discussions about appropriate treatments for certain problems.
Take a look at the article and take a look at the choosing wisely website for more information on how helping patients make better decisions about appropriate medications and treatment choices can help improve the patient caregiver relationship and improve patient outcomes.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – New Synthetic Drugs of Abuse Nurses Need to Know About and Episode 265.