New Study: Antipsychotics Substantially Increase Risk of Death for People with Parkinson’s

A new study to be published in JAMA Neurology finds that people with Parkinson’s disease who are given antipsychotic drugs are a whopping 2.35 times more likely to die within six months than those who are not.  The study compared the outcomes of about 15,000 Parkinson’s patients, about half of whom were given an antipsychotic.

The study also found the mortality rate for Parkinson’s patients given the older antipsychotic Haldol was an incredible five times greater than the control group.

The study’s senior author, Daniel Weintraub, MD, stated “antipsychotic drugs should not be prescribed to Parkinson’s patients without careful consideration.”  Uh yeah, ya think?


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Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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