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The major tranquilizers were able to create a zombie state, identical to that seen after a lobotomy, in a person whose brain remained intact.
5% of prescriptions for nursing home residents over 65 years of age were for major tranquilizers and 17.
Variables treated as dichotomous were use of illicit drugs, arrest history, learning disability, admission for differential diagnosis, minor tranquilizers at admission, antidepressants at admission, major tranquilizers at discharge, and antidepressants at discharge.
Patients who received discharge prescriptions for major tranquilizers reduced their LOS by 5.
Such behavior is difficult to address but may respond to strict routines and major tranquilizers.
Major tranquilizers are useful for the demented and especially good for sundowning, but should not be used in the average elderly patient.