Do mental health patients usually develop dementia later on in life caused by their psychotropics?
I am not quite sure what you are looking for here as an answer, but I can assure you that antipsychotic medications taken by patients with dementia are associated with higher mortality rates than are most other medications used for neuropsychiatric symptoms. The association between mortality and antipsychotics is not well understood and may be due to a direct medication effect or the pathophysiology underlying neuropsychiatric symptoms that prompt antipsychotic use.
If you are asking if psychotropic agents cause dementia, then the answer is that we don't know for sure. Mental health patients can develop dementia for a variety of reasons.
Hope this helped you out.
I once had a patient who developed dementia. The neurologist (MD) who saw him said the cause was chronic benzodiazepine (valium, ativan, centrax, klonopin, tranxene, xanax, etc.) use. Other psychotropics haven't been implicated so far.
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