Letters Benzodiazepines and dementia

Research paper most likely shows that benzodiazepines are used to treat early symptoms of dementia

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7986 (Published 26 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7986
  1. Christian Bocti, assistant professor, neurology1,
  2. Jessika Roy-Desruisseaux, doctor, psychiatry residency programme1,
  3. Pasquale Roberge, assistant professor, family and emergency medicine1
  1. 1Université de Sherbrooke, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, 3001, 12e Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada J1H 5N4
  1. christian.bocti{at}usherbrooke.ca

Billioti de Gage and colleagues report an increased risk of dementia associated with the use of benzodiazepines in PAQUID, a population based longitudinal study.1 The biological plausibility of a causal association between benzodiazepine use and a relentlessly progressive degenerative disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease is not supported by available evidence. In contrast, …

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