Guidelines: Treating Disruptive Behaviour in People with Dementia

Antipsychotic medications are often prescribed to help manage common responsive behaviours people with dementia experience, such as agitation and verbal or physical reactions. However, there is a lack of evidence to support their effectiveness and a risk they can cause significant side effects, including confusion, dizziness, stroke or even death. These guidelines were adapted by Choosing Wisely Canada and explain antipsychotic medications and potential alternatives for people who do not have psychosis.

Download the Guidelines via Choosing Wisely's Website