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Title: Benzodiazepines and older people
Authors: Gauci, Marise
Keywords: Benzodiazepines -- Physiological effect
Benzodiazepines -- Side effects
Older people -- Drug use -- Safety measures
Drugs -- Prescribing
Issue Date: 2008-07
Publisher: Medical Portals Ltd.
Citation: Gauci, M. (2008). Benzodiazepines and older people. The Synapse : the Medical Professionals' Network, 4, 8-16.
Abstract: There is a high prevalence of benzodiazepine use among elderly persons despite the fact that this sector of the population is particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of these medicines. Short half-life benzodiazepines are usually preferred for chronic use in older adults because they do not accumulate in the body, although they have a higher potential for dependence and are more strongly associated with withdrawal symptoms. A review of the literature confirms that benzodiazepines should be prescribed with caution, at low doses and for short periods.
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