Arthroplasty 2018 - 'Z' Drugs Significantly Boost Fracture Risk in Dementia Patients

Chicago - prescribing hypnotics such as Zolpidem (multiple brands), Zopiclon (Lunesta, Sunovion), or Zaleplon (Sonata, Pfizer) to treat sleep problems in dementia patients significantly increases future risk in this vulnerable population, new research shows.

These so-called Z drugs were found to increase overall fracture risk by 40% and the risk for hip fracture by 59%.

"We are poisoning our patients" by over medicating them. said study author IAn Maidment, PhD, senior lecture in clinical pharmarcy, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. "We need to find alternatives to drugs for treating sleep problems in people with dementia".

The study was presented here at Alzheimer's Association International conference (AAIC) 2018.

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