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Benzodiazepines are linked to pneumonia risk in patients with dementia

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1781 (Published 10 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1781
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The risk of pneumonia should be added to the list of potential harms associated with benzodiazepines in patients with dementia, researchers have reported in a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.1

The large Finnish study found that benzodiazepines were linked to a 30% increased risk of pneumonia in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and this risk was highest at the start of treatment.

Benzodiazepines are known to be associated with injuries from falls and deteriorating cognitive function. …

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