Treating Parkinson’s Psychosis With Antipsychotics May Boost Death Risk

A new study from the U.K. finds that antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of death in people with Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP).

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London found that people with PDP who were treated with antipsychotics were four times more likely to have died following three to six months of treatment than those who did not receive any antipsychotic medication.

Investigators also discovered that when people with PDP received antipsychotic medications they were more likely to experience serious health issues including cognitive decline, worsening of Parkinson’s symptoms, stroke, infections, and falls.

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