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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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‘Deprescribing’ medicines in mental health: the effects of stopping or reducing medicines in people with intellectual disabilities

11th November 2020 11.30-12.30
Talk/Webinar

About this event

Many people with intellectual (learning) disabilities are prescribed psychotropic medicines to manage behaviours that may be challenging - but many of these people do not have a mental health condition. These medicines have side effects, some of which may be serious and can have an added effect on health inequalities. Doctors, pharmacists and nurses therefore need to check regularly that these medicines are still needed and give information on how to reduce the risk of side effects. Stopping and reducing medicines is called deprescribing and needs to be carefully managed to keep people well. This event will explore some of the issues around deprescribing and how health care professionals can consult and make joint decisions with service users.