Alzheimer's patients at risk of pneumonia from sedative
A new study has shown that a commonly-prescribed sedative can significantly increase the risk of pneumonia in Alzheimer's patients. Dr. Heidi Taipale, of the Kuopio Research Center of Geriatric Care at the University of Eastern Finland, said in a press release, "An increased risk of pneumonia is an important finding to consider in treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease." Taipale went on to say, "Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are frequently prescribed for this population, and long-term use is typical. Pneumonia often leads to admission to hospital, and patients with dementia are at increased risk of death related to pneumonia."
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