Risperidone Dosage

In geriatric patients, agitation from delirium or dementia is a frequent reason for or complication of medical hospitalization. Agitation prolongs hospitalization and increases the risk of morbidity and mortality. Antipsychotics have been the mainstay of pharmacologictreatment of agitation in the elderly. The authors of this article report on two patients in their 70s who presented to the hospital with agitation and confusion that evolved into aggression. The authors indicate that subclinical and clinical symptoms of agitation and confusion can be successfully and efficaciously treated with scheduled low-dose risperidone rather than using as-needed higher doses once the symptoms have escalated into physical agitation and aggression. Read the full case report and discussion here>>

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