Seniors were more likely to quit benzodiazepine usage after receiving information on risks
(dailyRx News) Certain sleeping pills and anxiety medication could be risky for seniors. Evidence-based education could help them to choose their medications wisely.
A recent study examined the effectiveness of an education program in helping older adults to cease benzodiazepine therapy.
Benzodiazepines are medications used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
The researchers found that patients who received information on the risks of benzodiazepine medications and alternative therapies were significantly more likely to decrease their dosage or quit altogether.
The authors of this study suggested that providing educational materials could spark important discussions between older patients and their pharmacists or health care providers.
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