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Meta-Analysis of Controlled Pharmacologic Trials

  • Lon S. Schneider (a1)

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Both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic methods can be used to treat behavioral disturbances of dementia. Many drugs and drug classes have been advocated as having putative efficacy in treating nonspecific behavioral symptoms; the list includes neuroleptics, anxiolytics, antidepressants (e.g., trazodone), anticonvulsants (e.g., carbamazepine and valproic acid), lithium, β-adrenergic blockers, selegiline, and buspirone. Neuroleptics are among the most commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs for behavioral symptoms and have been described as being “modestly effective” in controlling agitation, both in patients with dementia and in elderly patients in general. To examine the relative efficacy of neuroleptics in treating behavioral disturbances of dementia, the author and colleagues performed a meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the literature from 1954 to 1989.

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  • Lon S. Schneider (a1)

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