Benzodiazepine drug use and adverse respiratory outcomes among older adults with COPD

A retrospective study conducted in the Canadian province of Ontario found an association between the use of benzodiazepines and increased risk of experiencing breathing problems in elderly patients with COPD.  In addition, this study found a 92 percent increased risk of going to the emergency room for treatment of pneumonia and COPD, and those patients were more likely to be hospitalized.

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Benzodiazepine drug use and adverse respiratory outcomes among older adults with COPD, Nicholas T. Vozoris et al doi: 10.1183/09031936.00008014, ERJ April 17, 2014 erj00080-2014