Dementia patients “are receiving” archaic and dangerous “antipsychotic drugs to keep them sedated during confinement, putting them at risk of premature death” as the 86-year-old grandmother dies six weeks after starting medication
- The numbers showed an increase in prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs during the pandemic
- A total of 43,352 patients with dementia were instructed to take the medication for one month
- The family of retired lady Lily Frost believes that drugs accelerated her death
- The Alzheimer’s Society has classified the drug as “archaic and dangerous”
Antipsychotic drugs labeled “archaic and dangerous” were administered to patients with dementia during coronavirus blockade to keep them sedated.
Experts say the drug carries risks of premature death and is used to treat behaviors and symptoms, including aggression and agitation.
Until this year, drug use had overcome fears about whether its dangers outweigh any benefits.
But the coronavirus pandemic caused prescriptions for treatments to increase, as doctors sought to keep some patients sedated during the crisis.
Bereaved relatives of the late Lily Frost, 86, believe that drugs contributed to her death
Charities and health care have criticized the use of drugs to treat the sick
The family of retired lady Lily Frost believes that her death, at age 86, was linked to the powerful drugs she received to calm the night buzz.
Chester’s daughter Brenda Vickers, 68, said: ‘The change was quick. The prescription of these drugs has to stop. ‘
Fiona Carragher of the Alzheimer’s Society told the Daily Express: ‘Antipsychotic drugs are an’ archaic and dangerous’ way of treating the behavioral symptoms of dementia for most people who have it.
‘People with dementia have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, dying by the thousands. We must prevent any other devastating effects.
Research and the article by Professor Robert Howard showed that anti-psychotic prescriptions increased
“We need to know a lot more about where and why this increase is taking place, so that our health and social care system can protect people with dementia and give them the quality of care they deserve.”
A study by Professor Robert Howard of University College London, published in the medical journal Lancet Neurology, showed that the NHS numbers showing that prescriptions increased in March and April.
A total of 43,352 patients with dementia – almost a tenth of all in the dementia record – had a recent prescription for antipsychotic drugs in September.
Former Conservative Minister Sir Mike Penning said: ‘It is very worrying whether these drugs are being prescribed more during the pandemic than before.
‘We have to truly understand the needs of patients with dementia, instead of using a chemical cosmetic to suppress their disease.
HOW TO DETECT ALZHEIMER’S
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills and the ability to perform simple tasks.
It is the cause of 60 to 70% of cases of dementia.
Most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 or older.
More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s.
It is not known what causes Alzheimer’s. Those who have the APOE gene are more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s.
Signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty remembering newly learned information
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Suspicious about family, friends and professional caregivers
- More serious memory loss
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking
Stages of Alzheimer’s disease:
- Mild Alzheimer’s (early stage) – a person may be able to function independently, but is experiencing memory lapses
- Moderate Alzheimer’s (intermediate stage) – Usually the longest stage, the person may confuse words, become frustrated or angry or have sudden changes in behavior
- Severe Alzheimer’s disease (advanced stage) – In the final stage, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, maintain a conversation and eventually control movement
There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, but experts suggest physical exercise, social interaction, and adding brain-boosting omega-3 fats to your diet to prevent or delay the onset of symptoms.