NHS England has committed to reduce the amount of psychotropic medicines being prescribed for people with learning disabilities. Studies suggest the numbers of people with learning disabilities prescribed psychotropic medicines is far higher than numbers with documented mental health diagnoses, for which such medicines should be prescribed. This article examines the reasons why medication is prescribed, best practice, the side effects and the issues that are involved with the withdrawal of psychotropic medicines, in particular antipsychotics, in people with learning disabilities. Login using your SSSFT NHS OpenAthens details for full text. SSOTP - You can request a copy of this article by replying to this email. Please ensure you are clear which article you requesting.