Paracetamol could reduce agitation in dementia patients
Simple painkillers such as paracetamol could be used to treat agitation in dementia patients instead of antipsychotic drugs, according to study findings published online in the BMJ.
Researchers from King’s College, London, and Norway studied 352 nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia.
Painkillers were issued to half during every meal, while the other half continued receiving their usual treatments, including antipsychotics.
After eight weeks, agitation symptoms among the painkiller group were on average 17% less than those in the usual care group.