It has been previously known that certain antipsychotic drugs increased risks of having a stroke in a certain group of people, particularly for elderly people with dementia.
A new research done by the UK scientists has shown that all forms of antipsychotics boost the risk in all patients and calls for the close monitoring of these patients.

Antipsychotic drugs are generally prescribed for controling psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some severe forms of depression. They are also widely used to control some symptoms of dementia such as aggression.

There are two types of antipsychotic drugs - newer "atypical" and older "typical".
The first concerns from 2002 were focused on the "atypical" drugs, which led to recommendations these drugs should not be used in people with dementia. However, the new study raises wider concerns.

The researchers looked at 6,700 patients from a GP database, all with an average age of 80, and found a tripling of stroke risk for dementia patients taking any sort of anti-psychotic drug while patients without dementia taking any sort of antipsychotic had a 40% increase in risk.
Recommendations that patients with dementia should not be prescribed these drugs have been repeated.

There are reports from the Alzheimer's Society that antipsychotic drugs should only be used as a last resort instead of over-prescribing them as it is the practice now.

While these drugs may be transforming lives of some patients, they could be ruining the lives of others since different patients react differently to their side-effects.

This is why all antipsychotics should be prescribed with great care and subject to rigorous follow-ups.