Aug 18, 2014
By Andy Johnson
According to a new study, drugs that are sometimes used to control symptoms of dementia appear to increase the risk of acute kidney injury. That’s from a study looking into what are called “atypical anti-psychotic drugs” which are not recommended for dementia but which are often prescribed for people suffering from it.
Researchers in London, Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, looked for signs of kidney problems in people taking the drugs for dementia. They compared nearly 100,000 people newly prescribed one of these drugs with a similar number with dementia who were not given the medication. The rate of acute kidney injury was essentially doubled in the group taking the drugs. Researchers also found 6,666 people died in the first three months of taking the drug compared with just under 3,000 in the control group.