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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 25 No. 1 Update on the management of dementia

7 January, 2019

Update on the management of dementia

  • The prevalence of dementia is increasing
  • Timely diagnosis allows for optimal management of dementia and enables the patient and carer to plan for the future and access the appropriate support organisations
  • Individual dose titration of cholinesterase inhibitors is recommended; adverse effects may be reduced by increasing the dose slowly
  • Antipsychotics for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia should only be prescribed if non-pharmacological approaches have failed and antipsychotics are considered absolutely necessary