Painkillers Are Better Than Antipsychotic Drugs, Claims Study

King-CollegeResearchers from King's College London and Norway hypothesized that as compared to antipsychotic drugs, the painkillers such as paracetamol, considerably reduced the warning signs of dementia. The BMJ website, made the study public.

Experts further claimed that about 150,000 patients in the UK are prescribed to these drugs, which caused a powerful tranquilizer effect and by increasing the risk of death strokes, they made the dementia symptoms worse risk of death strokes.

More than 350 nursing home patients in Norway were tracked. Half of the patients were asked to have the painkillers with their daily meals and the rest continued with their standard cures.

After eight weeks, the researcher concluded that, as compared to the other group, 17% of the painkillers consumers became less agitated and less aggressive. This proved the fact that by giving proper care to the patient’s pain, doctors could lessen the number of recommendation for antipsychotic drugs.

Professor Clive Ballard, one of the report authors and Director of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said, “The finding was significant and at the moment, dementia patients are not treated properly and I think this could make a substantial difference to people's lives as it could help them live much better with dementia".