Efforts to Curb Risky Sedative Use in Older Patients Brings Progress, Challenges

Efforts to Curb Risky Sedative Use in Older Patients Brings Progress, Challenges

They help many people sleep, or feel calmer or less anxious. But in older individuals, they also double the risk of car crashes, falls and broken hips. MORE FROM THE LAB: Subscribe to our weekly newsletter That’s why the potent class of medications known as benzodiazepines now appear on international guidelines as drugs that few people over the age of 65 should take. Yet a sizable percentage of adults in that age group still have an active prescription for one, according to new research from three countries that have made a special effort to reduce their use in recent years...

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