Benzodiazepine: Despite risks, use highest in older people


I’ve been on this medication before but not for long-term use (thank goodness).  My current psychiatrist, will at any cost avoid benzos, for me at least, and look for an alternative.  Phew!

Prescription use of benzodiazepines–a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications–increases steadily with age, despite the known risks for older people, according to a comprehensive analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing in the United States. Given existing guidelines cautioning health providers about benzodiazepine use among older adults, findings from the National Institutes of Health-funded study raise questions about why so many prescriptions–many for long-term use–are being written for this age group.

This December 17, 2014 article explains more on


3 thoughts on “Benzodiazepine: Despite risks, use highest in older people

    • cherished79 says:

      A friend of mine would completely agree with you as she went through hell. It would be wise if doctors would at least share effects, problems, and risks with patients, but sometimes they rely on the pharmacist. Thanks for commenting 🙂


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