This common hospital drug can RUIN you
Many hospitals will do it almost automatically.
If you’re a little older, they’ll slip it right into your meds – mentioning it only in passing (and that’s if they even bother to mention it at all).
It’s SUPPOSED to prevent delirium, a terrifying side effect that strikes older patients and can involve memory loss, hallucinations, agitation, disorientation, anxiety and more.
But new research exposes this approach for the fraud that it is…
It reveals the UGLY TRUTH about this “automatic” med given to seniors in hospitals.
And it’s something every older American needs to watch out for – otherwise, they could try giving it to YOU and YOUR loved ones!
How to protect yourself from delirium
You’re no “psycho,” but hospitals might treat you like one – giving you an antipsychotic drug almost the moment you’re brought in.
They claim it’ll help prevent delirium.
But two new studies confirm the real “psychos” are the hospital administrators who’ve cooked up this incredibly irresponsible approach:
The first finds haloperidol (Haldol) and other common atypical antipsychotics make NO DIFFERENCE for hospitalized seniors.
The review of more 26 studies finds these drugs DON’T cut the risk of delirium, DON’T shorten the duration of the condition, DON’T lead to shorter hospital stays and DON’T save lives.
The second, a review of 14 studies, focuses specifically on the drug haloperidol and finds pretty much the same thing…
It DOESN’T cut the risk of delirium, DOESN’T cut the duration when it strikes, DOESN’T lead to shorter hospital stays and DOESN’T cut the risk of death.
But the drugs DID do something.
In some studies, they increased the risk of serious heart problems.
In other words, these drugs for either prevention or treatment of delirium are ALL risk and NO benefit.
They’re saying these studies are so strong, they should be “sufficient to stop this clinical practice.”
But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for THAT to happen.
So if you have surgery scheduled, make sure you speak with the doctors and tell them you DON’T want this drug before, during or after the operation.
There’s no surefire way to prevent or cure delirium, but there are ways to dramatically lower the risk:
- If you’re getting anesthesia, make sure they give you a level appropriate for your age. Guidelines say seniors need LESS than everyone else, but anesthesiologists don’t always follow them – so make sure to speak with them beforehand.
- Everything we know about delirium suggests the best way to prevent and treat it is to make sure patients are comfortable and oriented.
That means having a friendly face there when you come out of the haze… and a familiar voice to let you know where you are and what’s going on.
Let your family and friends know so they can look out for you and keep tabs on your meds anytime you’re in a hospital… and you can do the same for them.