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Benzodiazepines, related drugs may raise pneumonia risk

from Psych Congress

Current or recent use of benzodiazepines or related drugs may increase the risk of pneumonia, according to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published online in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Researchers analyzed data from 12 reports of 10 observational studies that involved more than 120,000 cases of pneumonia. After pooling estimates, they found use of benzodiazepines and related drugs was associated with a 1.25-fold greater risk of pneumonia, compared with no use. more

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