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Are you concerned about medication?

 

Today (14th July 2015) several reports have been published that highlight the widespread inappropriate use of medication for people with learning disabilities. We know that this might cause concern to the many families and people with learning disabilities who are currently taking antipsychotic and antidepressant medication.

 

NHS England have issued the following advice:

  • Firstly, it’s important that you don’t stop taking any medicines or change them without professional medical advice first because this could be dangerous. 
  • If you are worried, either for yourself or someone you know, about the medicines being taken please speak to the person responsible  for prescribing these medicines as soon as possible and ask for them to be reviewed.  This will usually be a GP, Psychiatrist, specialist doctor, pharmacist or nurse prescriber.
  • Please remember:
    • not all medicines that are prescribed to people with learning disabilities are medicines to treat mental illnesses, such as antipsychotics.  If you have any concerns, please check and speak to the person responsible for prescribing them (GP, specialist doctor, pharmacist or nurse prescriber).
    • medicines used to treat mental illness can be very effective in treating some people with learning disabilities when used appropriately.

 

 To read the NHS guidance for people with learning disabilities, families and carers in full, click here.

 

If you want to know more about the use of medication for people with learning disabilities whose behaviours challenge, read our information sheet here.

 

If you want to find out about alternative approaches to understanding challenging behaviour and what support is available for people with severe learning disabilities, you can read our information sheets on: Understanding Challenging BehaviourFinding the Causes of Challenging Behaviour, and Positive Behaviour Support Planning.

 

For further information please contact our Family Support Service

 

 

14/07/2015

 

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