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If you ask government inspectors, the answer is a resounding— YES.
Today, physciatric drugs– and anti-psychotic drugs in particular– are prescribed to an astounding 14% of all nursing home patients. The bulk of the psychiatric drugs are administered to patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s in order to calm their potentially aggressive behaviors.
Despite the prevalence of this practice, anti-psychotic drugs such as AstraZeneca’s Seroquel and Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa have been associated with an increased mortality rate in seniors. Other documented side-effects include: elevated blood sugar levels, increased cholesterol and weight gain.