Research connects anti-psychotic drugs to stroke risk

August 29, 2008 3:01:43 PM PDT
People taking anti-psychotic drugs are nearly twice as likely to suffer a stroke as those not on such treatments, according to some British researchers.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.