Doctor: Disabled get unnecessarily antipsychotics
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A third of the residents of institutions for people with intellectual disabilities used antipsychotic drugs. For most of them is to use unnecessary. This allows Gera de Kipper of the University Medical Center Groningen, who works with disabled people as a doctor.
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They PhD next week for an investigation into the use of antipsychotics in people with intellectual disabilities
Antipsychotics are meant to control psychotic symptoms.
Although a third of the population under investigation these resources swallowed, this was only 22 percent for the control of psychotic symptoms, or a chronic or psychotic illness. The majority (58 percent) received the medication for behavioral problems, according to De Keeper.
Eighty percent of users surveyed swallowed more than ten years. Long-term use of antipsychotics can lead to obesity, deregulation of the sexual organs and loss of calcium in the bones.
FinishingThe Keeper looked in her research or the use of antipsychotic drugs for behavioral problems can be removed in 14 to 28 weeks.
Complete phase showed 43 percent of the 98 participants as possible. After twelve weeks, 36 percent used no more antipsychotics.
Stopping had positive effects on health, including less abdominal fat, lower body weight and lower blood pressure, says De Keeper.
According to the doctor, the results of her study implications for clinical practice.