Drugs used to relieve behavioral and psychological symptoms

Drugs for behavioral and psychological symptoms

People with dementia may develop behavioural and psychological symptoms including restlessness, aggression, delusions, hallucinations, apathy and sleep disturbances. This page looks at the different types of drugs that can be used to treat these symptoms if non-drug treatments have not worked. It explains when and how they should be prescribed and what the side-effects might be.

Other psychological symptoms that people with dementia may develop include depression and anxiety. For information about these symptoms and how they can be treated see our page: Depression and anxiety.