Benzodiazepines Shown to Increase Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer's Patients

06:19 EDT 10 Apr 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Benzodiazepine sedatives are associated with an increased risk of pneumonia when used in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study ("Risk of Pneumonia Associated with Incident Benzodiazepine Use among Community-Dwelling Adults with Alzheimer Disease") published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal ) . "An increased risk of pneumonia is an important finding to consider in treatment of patients with Alzheimer disease," writes Heidi Taipale, Ph.D., Kuopio Research Centre of Geriatric Care, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, with co-authors. "Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are frequently prescribed for this population, and long-term use is typical. Pneumonia often leads to admission to hospital, and patients with dementia are at increased risk of death related to pneumonia."  Dementia, of which 60% to 70% of cases are the result of Alzheimer's disease, is a risk factor for pneumonia, and many people with dementia are prescribed benzodiazepines and nonbenzodiazepines (called Z-drugs), both of which have ...

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