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adverse reactions, antipsychotic medications, NPs, older adults, polypharmacy



  1. Pathak, Sushila MSN, NP
  2. Duff, Elsie PhD, NP


Abstract: Due to the physiologic changes of aging, managing behavioral issues and antipsychotic use is associated with adverse reactions that are more complex in older adults than in younger adults. Therefore, appropriate prescribing and evaluating the need to continue antipsychotics are necessary to enhance optimum patient outcomes. This article discusses best practice recommendations for NPs in Canada to help ensure safe use of antipsychotic medications in the older adult population.