Anxiety Drugs and Elderly

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in the elderly the use of anxiety drugs, particularly Benzodiazepines, may increase the risk of oversedation, paradoxical excitement, confusion and delirium ?

These responses may be explained by age-dependent changes in drug pharmacokinetics and increased target organ sensitivity. The elderly have dismished hepatic drug-metabolizing enzymes and drugs elimination capacity.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, MD)

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