Benzos Tied to Greater Pneumonia Risk in Alzheimer’s Patients

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Benzodiazepine drugs, such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium), are linked to an increased risk of pneumonia when given to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new Finnish study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 60 to 70 percent of cases of dementia, is already a risk factor for pneumonia on its own, and many people with dementia are prescribed benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines, called Z-drugs, both of which have sedative effects. “An increased risk of pneumonia is an important finding to consider in

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