FDA alters stance on opioid addiction drugs
FDA alters stance on opioid addiction drugsFDA is advising that these 2 opioid addiction medications should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system.
Impact of Medicare's expanded benzodiazepine coverageLike any medication, benzodiazepines should be used with caution. However, the tremendous expenditure for these medications—just a year after Medicare Part D extended its coverage to include them in 2012—has some wondering why so many of these drugs are being prescribed.
Benzos linked to adverse health eventsThe death rate from overdoses involving benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, has increased more than four-fold since 1996, according to a study appearing online in the American Journal of Public Health.
Despite risks in elderly, benzodiazepine use increases with ageDespite known risks of confusion and falls associated with benzodiazepine use in elderly patients, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, finds that prescription of benzodiazepines increases as people age. The research offers the first estimates of use patterns in the United States.
ED visits involving abuse of sedative on the upswingEmergency department (ED) visits involving nonmedical use of the sedative alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR and Niravam) has been on the rise, according to a report from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).