Journal of Behavioral Health and Psychology. 2021; 10(4):(314-340)


A case of chronic schizophrenia with emergent dementia: Successful medication reduction and its explication

Grace E Jackson and Matthew Tunzi

Abstract
The emergence of dementia during the treatment of schizophrenia is a problem that occurs in many patients. Despite the appearance of strong cautionary language on the product labels of antipsychotic drugs, advising clinicians to avoid the use of these medications in the setting of dementia, there is no specific guidance for the management of dementia in schizophrenia. Here, we report the case of successful antipsychotic drug reduction in a 63-year-old male with paranoia and severely impaired cognition. We explain possible explanations and the implications of this result.
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