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Benzodiazepines and pneumonia risk in people with Alzheimer’s disease

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A possible association between the use of benzodiazepine and non-benzodiazepine (‘Z-drug’) hypnotics and an increased risk of pneumonia in people with Alzheimer’s disease has been assessed in an observational study conducted in Finland.1 Although previous studies have suggested a link, results have been inconclusive. Benzodiazepine prescribing is common in people with Alzheimer’s, despite concerns over the effect these drugs may have on cognitive function.2-4

Using a national registry, the study authors identified 49,484 eligible community dwelling people with a recent diagnosis of …

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