Pill Problems: Some Patients May Not Need Anti-Anxiety Rx
They relieve anxiety and help many patients sleep, but benzodiazepines might not be the best choice for many patients — especially over the long term. Still, many older patients were taking these medications.
Alcohol Often Involved in ER Visits for Prescription Abuse
Alcohol and prescription medications can both be safe in moderation or as prescribed by a doctor. But their abuse and misuse can be dangerous or even deadly, says a new study.
Drugged Driving Nearly Doubled in Last Decade
Widespread public education and law enforcement efforts warn of the dangers associated with driving under the influence of alcohol. But new research suggests there's another growing problem to be aware of while on the road.
Seniors Not Taking Benzos With Care
Keeping track of when to take which prescriptions can be very confusing. But failing to do so could end in a trip to the hospital. And seniors on psychoactive medications might need to take extra care.
Mental Meds Don't Match the Chart
Without the correct medical information, mental health patients can miss medication doses or have bad drug interactions. According to a recent study, elderly mental health patients may be taking medications not listed in their charts.
A Tragic Decade for Painkiller Users
More and more people have been tragically dying from painkiller overdoses. Healthcare professionals and public health organizations have started to take preventive actions.
Sleep, Anxiety Meds Linked to Dementia
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs commonly used to treat sleep problems and anxiety. New research suggests that elderly people taking these drugs may be at higher risk for dementia.