medicationRecently, the Federal Government took rare action by filing a federal lawsuit against two California nursing homes for a persistent problem of overmedicating their residents with psychotropic drugs. Anti-psychotic and psychotropic drugs can be especially dangerous for the elderly and are often misused. When a facility is understaffed and cannot provide the appropriate level of care for its residents, facilities often times turn to psychotropic and anti-psychotic drugs to chemically restrain the residents. This is an unlawful practice. And skilled nursing facilities are using these types of drugs on residents with dementia.

Common medications to watch out for if your loved one is in a nursing home include:

GENERIC NAME BRAND NAMES
Chlorpromazine Largactil, Thorazine
Mesoridazine Serentil
Levomepromazine Nosinan, Nozinan, Levoprome
Loxapine Loxapac, Loxitane
Haloperidol Haldol
Fluphenazine Prolixin
Zuclopenthixol Clopixol
Prochlorperazine Compazine, Stemzine, Buccastem, Stemetil, Phenotil
Aripiprazole Abilify
Clozapine Clozaril
Olanzapine Zyprexa, Ozace
Perospirone Lullan
Quetiapine Seroquel
Remoxipride Roxiam
Pisperiodone Pisperdal, Zepidone
Geodone Ziprasidone
Divalproex Sodium Depakote
Neurontin Gabapentin
Citalopram Celexa
Fluoxetine Prozac
Gabapentin Neurontin
Sertraline Zoloft
Lorazepam Ativan
Klonopin Clonazepam
Escitalopram Lexapro
Diazepam Valium
Alprazolam Xanax

 

Wendy York and the team at York Law Firm have been handling residents who have been abused or neglected as a part of their elder abuse practice for almost 20 years. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or believe your family has a wrongful death claim, please call our office so that we can investigate your case at 916-643-2200 or contact us online. We are dedicated to representing families whose elders and dependent adults who have been injured, neglected or abused.

To read the article, click here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/05/346137537/feds-hope-hitting-nursing-homes-in-the-wallet-will-cut-overmedication.

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