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Researchers suggest there could be a tie between benzodiazepine intake and dementia

Posted by RHHAdmin on Oct 5, 2012 8:12:00 AM

When a person is ill, he or she is typically prescribed a medication to ease their symptoms. However, some medications could affect elderly care in the long run.

According to research published in the British Medical Journal, people over the age of 65 may increase their risk of developing dementia by 50 percent if they have consumed benzodiazepines.

The study's authors were quick to point out that it may be a good idea to monitor benzodiazepines intake, but there is no confirmed cause and effect.

Benzodiazepines are typically used to treat insomnia and anxiety in seniors, which is why home health care providers may want to pay close attention to the personalities of patients taking such medications.

"According to our analysis, benzodiazepine exposure for the over-65s is linked to an increased risk of dementia. Although we cannot prove a cause and effect relationship, we observed that during the follow-up period benzodiazepine users had a risk of developing dementia that was 50% higher than those who had never taken benzodiazepine" indicates Bernard B├ęgaud.

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Topics: Dementia, Health News, Medication Management