NICE relaxes rules on DEXA scans
Atypical antipsychotics are no more likely to cause stroke in older people than typical anti-psychotics, researchers suggest.
The evidence contradicts a Government warning last year that patients with dementia should be taken off two atypical drugs, risperidone and olanzapine, because of a threefold rise in the risk of stroke.
Canadian researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of 32,710 older adults with dementia. Their research was published online in the BMJ.
Dr Steve Iliffe, a GP in north London and co-director of the Centre for Ageing Population Studies, said further clarification was needed from the Committee on Safety of Medicines before a further change was made in primary care prescribing behaviour.