DYING FOR SLEEP : SEDATIVE STILL WIDELY USED BY OLDER ADULTS

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New Study Sheds Light on Risks of Benzodiazepine
Benzodiazepine is a popular sedative. According to AARP, which reported on the study, benzodiazepines are popular, not only because they help patients to sleep, but, also because they may help patients to feel calmer and less anxious.

The problem, according to the same study, is that benzodiazepine use has been linked to a doubled risk of falls and car accidents among adults over the age of 65. And, since such accidents are among the most common reasons for losing our independence, the negative side-effects of using benzodiazepine could be more significant than those that are listed on the label.The authors of the study concluded that, while the rate at which benzodiazepine is prescribed has fallen in countries like the U.S., its use still remains widespread, especially considering the potential side-effects.

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