A new study suggests that benzodiazepines do not raise dementia risk. But experts caution that these meds should still be avoided in older patients because of the risk for falls and confusion.
Information from 2015 suggested that dementia was a possible risk factor for dementia. A fresh look at the data, as I understand it, has produced a different conclusion. Yes, they can be used — but it should always be with caution, given that any medication that has a potential for changing our alertness or coordination might make us vulnerable to driving errors or falls.
As always, talk it over with your physician.