Certain Neurologic Drugs Raise the Risk of Hip Fractures in Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are warning that use of benzodiazepine and similar drugs can increase the risk of hip fracture in Alzheimer’s patients by 43 percent.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, included 70,718 Finnish residents with Alzheimer’s disease. 46,373 of the patients had no history of hip fractures and had not used drugs such as benzodiazepines for a year before the study.

Twenty-one percent of the participants used benzodiazepines and related drugs during the study.

The patients using benzodiazepines saw approximately 2.5 hip fractures per 100 person-years. The rate was lower at 1.4 hip fractures per 100 person-years in drug-free patients.

The risk of injury was highest during the first six months of benzodiazepine use, regardless of the drug taken. There was no difference in hip fracture risk between benzodiazepines and similar medications.

The patients who suffered hip fractures while using benzodiazepine were also more likely to have a hospital stay lasting more than four months compared to the patients not using the drugs.

Doctors use benzodiazepine and similar drugs to treat disorders of the central nervous system. Doctors might use these drugs as:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Anxiolytics
  • Sedatives
  • Hypnotics

Because patients might take these drugs infrequently or for short terms, doctors should weigh the risks of use in Alzheimer’s patients.

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