Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Although benzodiazepines are
indicated for only a limited number of psychiatric disorders, they are the
most commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs in elderly individuals.1 Use of benzodiazepines in this population has been
related to poor outcomes such as hip fractures, motor vehicle crashes, and
suicide,2- 4 but
it remains unclear to what extent use of benzodiazepines increases the risk
of mortality in elderly individuals.5 We
investigated the relationship between benzodiazepine use and mortality in
a prospective study among individuals aged 85 years or older.
David J. Vinkers, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Roos C. van der Mast, Frans G. Zitman, Rudi G. J. Westendorp. Benzodiazepine Use and Risk of Mortality in Individuals Aged 85 Years or Older. JAMA. 2003;290(22):2942–2943. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2942