Research connects anti-psychotic drugs to stroke risk

The scientists say the risk is even higher for dementia patients.

Researchers studied 7,000 stroke survivors and found those who had been on anti-psychotics were 1.7 times more likely to suffer a stroke. Subjects with dementia were three and one-half times more likely to have a stroke if they'd taken anti-psychotics.

Authors of the study are urging doctors to prescribe anti-psychotics to their dementia patients only as a last resort.

The study is published in the British Medical Journal.

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