Study ties higher dementia risk to anxiety drug among older patients

09/27/2012 | MedPage Today

A French study involving 1,063 people at least 65 years old found that those who used anxiety drug benzodiazepine had a 60% higher risk of developing new-onset dementia after a maximum 20-year follow-up compared with nonusers. "Considering the extent to which benzodiazepines are now prescribed, physicians and regulatory agencies should consider the increasing evidence of the potential adverse effects of this drug class for the general population," researchers said.

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