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One in four older adults prescribed a benzodiazepine goes on to risky long-term use: Researchers call for clinicians & patients to 'begin with the end in mind' with sedatives like Valium or Xanax for anxiety, sleep issues & more

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They may start as well-intentioned efforts to calm anxiety, improve sleep or ease depression. But prescriptions for sedatives known as benzodiazepines may lead to long-term use among one in four older adults who receive them, according to new research. That's despite warnings against long-term use of these drugs, especially among older people, because they can increase the risk of car crashes, falls and broken hips, as well as causing other side effects.
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