Pharmacological Interventions for Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia


Although there are currently no drugs that can reverse or halt the brain changes in dementia, a range of pharmacological treatments can alleviate some of the symptoms. However, older people can be particularly sensitive to psychotropic medications and their prescription needs to be carefully managed.

This course covers recent evidence on which medications are most effective in treating non-cognitive symptoms in dementia. It offers guidance for safer prescribing for older people, helping clinicians consider potential side-effects and issues around prolonged use of medications.

The full course takes around three hours to complete and includes video presentations and links to best practice guidelines.

  • Introduction to Dementia: An overview of both cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms of dementia.
  • Neuropathology of the brain: The underlying structural and chemical brain changes that occur in dementia.
  • Antipsychotics: Evidence for which antipsychotics should be used to manage noncognitive symptoms in dementia, and guidelines for safer prescribing to avoid harmful side effects.
  • Other Medication Options for Non Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia: An evaluation of the evidence for the effectiveness of antidepressants, mood stabilisers and cognitive enhancers, and the dangerous side-effects of benzodiazepines.
  • Delirium: How to recognise, manage and prevent delirium.

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