Defining patterns of benzodiazepine use in older adults.

  title={Defining patterns of benzodiazepine use in older adults.},
  author={M. D. Hern{\'a}ndez Llorente and Diane David and Adam Golden and Martin A. Silverman},
  journal={Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology},
  volume={13 3},
Benzodiazepines are disproportionately prescribed to older adults. Elderly adults with comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions, elderly adults taking multiple medications, and elderly women are the most likely adults to continuously use benzodiazepines. These are also the groups of elderly who are likely to experience adverse effects, including falls, accidents, and motor vehicle crashes. Despite recommendations for short-term treatment and the potential risks of long-term use, some… CONTINUE READING