Study: Analgesics Decrease Agitation in Patients with Dementia

A new study found analgesic use decreases agitation in patients with dementia, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Individual nursing homes were assigned analgesic use or placebo. Patients were given acetaminophen (68 percent), buprenorphine via transdermal patch (23 percent), pregabalin (7 percent) and morphine (2 percent). Researchers found agitation was reduced on average by 17 percent.

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