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Use of benzodiazepines in primary-care geriatric patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6146646     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
From a sample of 257 elderly patients, 93 subjects who had received benzodiazepine (mainly diazepam) prescriptions for one or more years were interviewed about their subjective perception of the drug's effects and their attitudes regarding its use. The subjects were predominantly women: mean age was 72 years. All subjects had begun use of benzodiazepine more than two years earlier, although some had since stopped using the drug; more than a third had used it for more than six years. About half of the subjects said they took no more of the drug than had been initially prescribed, and three quarters reported they took the medications only when a need was felt. The principal indication for use of benzodiazepines was described as tension. Those who were still taking the drug at the time of interview were more likely to live alone and to say that they had the same problems as when they began its use. None of the subjects who had discontinued use of the drugs had been aware of withdrawal symptoms, and there was no evidence that any subject had become addicted, although several expressed a fear of this. It appears that in this age group, prolonged use of benzodiazepine at low doses, with the patients regulating the quantity, is safe and may be helpful. Most subjects, even if not helped, always kept some of the drug at home in case they might need it.
H Pinsker; K Suljaga-Petchel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0002-8614     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Publication Date:  1984 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-09-07     Completed Date:  1984-09-07     Revised Date:  2008-03-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503062     Medline TA:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  595-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care
Anti-Anxiety Agents / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Anxiety / drug therapy,  psychology
Attitude to Health
Diazepam / therapeutic use
Primary Health Care
Self Administration / psychology
Stress, Psychological / drug therapy,  psychology
Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 439-14-5/Diazepam

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