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Over 65s at Increased Risk of Developing Dementia With Benzodiazepine, British Medical Journal Reveals


9/28/2012 12:07:26 PM

Patients over the age of 65 who begin taking benzodiazepine (a popular drug used to treat anxiety and insomnia) are at an approximately 50% increased risk of developing dementia within 15 years compared to never-users, a study published today on bmj.com suggests. The authors say that "considering the extent to which benzodiazepines are prescribed and the number of potential adverse effects indiscriminate widespread use should be cautioned against."

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