Too Many Seniors Given Sedatives, Anxiety Drugs: Study Says
Doctors often prescribe potentially disabling tranquilizers to older Americans, particularly women, a new study shows.
Nearly 12 percent of 80-year-old women in 2008 used benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs that the American Geriatrics Society says should generally be avoided in the elderly, U.S. pharmacy data revealed.
“The study should be a call to action for us to think about why these medications are being prescribed so greatly in a very vulnerable group,” geriatric nurse Donna Fick told Reuters Health. Full Story.