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MeReC Bulletin - Dementia

The National Prescribing Centre has published a MeReC Bulletin (PDF) that provides an update on dementia.

The bulletin provides a background to dementia detailing the types of dementia, how common the condition is, diagnosis and treatments.

Drug and non-drug treatment options are discussed in detail with some focus on cost-efficacy and side effects of drug treatment options. In addition there is discussion of treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia; it is noted that pharmacological options (antipsychotics and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors) are only recommended in the first instance where patients are severely distressed or there is an immediate risk of harm to the patient or others.

Action: Clinicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with dementia will find this bulletin useful and informative.

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