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Pain relief—a first-line response to agitation in dementia?

Now that antipsychotic medication is all but proscribed for the treatment of distress and disturbed behavior in people with dementia in care homes, the drive to identify effective alternative approaches is pressing. A study from Norway suggests that paracetamol may be effective in many cases, but some caution is required.

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Woods, B., Moniz–Cook, E. Pain relief—a first-line response to agitation in dementia?. Nat Rev Neurol 8, 7–8 (2012).

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