Benzodiazepine Use In Seniors May Increase Dementia Risk.

WebMD (9/28, Goodman) reports, “Seniors who take certain kinds of drugs to treat anxiety or insomnia may be more likely to develop dementia than those who do not,” according to a study published online in the BMJ.

MedPage Today (9/28, Gever) reports, “Older patients who used benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drugs were at substantially higher risk of developing dementia than nonusers,” the study found. “Among 1,063 randomly selected individuals 65 and older in southwest France who agreed to participate in a long-term observational study, the risk of new-onset dementia during follow-up was 60% greater (adjusted odds ratio 1.60, 95% CO 1.08 to 2.38) for those who had used benzodiazepines relative to never-users.” The study authors concluded, “Considering the extent to which benzodiazepines are now prescribed, physicians and regulatory agencies should consider the increasing evidence of the potential adverse effects of this drug class for the general population.”

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— “Insomnia, Anxiety Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk, “Brenda Goodman, WebMD Health News, September 27, 2012.

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