Many elderly assisted care patients are prescribed psychotropic/psychotherapeutic drugs that can cause altered perception, mood, consciousness, cognition and behavior. Used appropriately and with proper supervision, these medications can enhance quality of life. Unfortunately, instances of improper use, misdiagnosis and negligence result in numerous cases of abuse, suffering, injury or even death for elderly patients receiving nursing care.
Psychotropic drugs used most often with elderly patients include Ativan, Seroquel, Haldol, Risperdal, Restoril and Ambien. Common adverse side effects of these psychotropic medications include:
- Ataxia (“drunk walk”)
- Blurred vision
- Skin rashes
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms individually and in combination can result in catastrophic health consequences and accidents, including falls, inability to express need for care, inability to maintain adequate nutrition or hydration, and more.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a legal responsibility to have sufficient properly trained staff, monitor patients closely, take precise care with medications and look carefully for signs of adverse reactions, over medication and side effects. Informed consent from the patient or authorized representative/medical decision-maker is required.
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If you think your loved one is in danger from prescribed psychotropic drugs and medications, consult immediately with a professional California elderly abuse lawyer. Moran Law is a 2014 Litigator Awards™ Winner in Nursing Home Abuse, and a longstanding advocate and partner with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).
Contact us as soon as possible to receive support and guidance from a professional team of concerned and aggressive Southern California nursing home malpractice lawyers, who will help you and your loved one understand your rights.