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Parkinson's patients still given drugs that make them worse

MagazineSeptember 2011 (Vol. 22 Issue 6)Parkinson's patients still given drugs that make them worse

Doctors are still handing out drugs to some of their Parkinson's disease (PD) patients that worsen the condition and may even kill them

Doctors are still handing out drugs to some of their Parkinson's disease (PD) patients that worsen the condition and may even kill them. They are ignoring warnings from drugs regulators, and are continuing to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to up to half of their PD patients. These drugs make PD symptoms worse, and can even kill the patients.


Despite being considered too dangerous as long ago as in 2005, doctors have continued to prescribe these drugs to PD patients who also have psychosis, a problem that afflicts up to half of PD sufferers.


Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, discovered that these prescriptions are still rife when they evaluated the treatments of 2597 PD patients in 2002 and again in 2008, three years after the drugs warning had been issued (Arch Neurol, 2011; 68: 899-904).


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