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Older Patients Stay on Risky Sedative Too Long

Benzodiazepines pose special risks to older adults. New research finds many of those who start taking them aren’t stopping. They may start as temporary, well-intentioned efforts to calm anxiety, improve sleep or ease depression. But prescriptions for sedatives known as benzodiazepines may lead to long-term use among 1 in 4 older adults who receive them, according to new research. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.