Pneumonia risk rises for people with Alzheimer’s taking antipsychotics
Taking antipsychotic drugs increases the risk of pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers from the University of Eastern Finland.
Antipsychotics have been linked to an increased risk of pneumonia in several studies, but the researchers said studies among people with dementia have been scarce.
To investigate the link, they studied a nationwide register of deaths from pneumonia in Finland between 2005 and 2012, which included 60,584 people with a clinically verified diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Those who had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were excluded from the study, and the results were compared to a matched sample without Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers found that antipsychotic use was associated with a two-fold increase in pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease, regardless of age, treatment duration, choice...
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