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  • Sleeping Pills and Tranquilizers [hide all summaries]
    Older adults have a much more difficult time eliminating benzodiazepines and similar drugs from their bloodstreams and these drugs can thus accumulate in their bodies. Also, older adults are more sensitive to the effects of many of these drugs than are younger adults. For older adults the risk of serious adverse drug effects is significantly increased. Serious adverse effects may include: unsteady gait, dizziness, falling (causing an increased risk of hip fractures), increased risk of an auto accident, drug-induced or drug-worsened impairment of thinking, memory loss, and addiction.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

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  • News Brief for November 2016 [hide all summaries]
    (November 2016)
    In this month's News Brief section, we report on action taken by the Food and Drug Administration to add important new warnings to the labeling of all opioid and benzodiazepines drugs.
  • Drugs That Cause Loss of Bladder Control [hide all summaries]
    (February 2016)
    Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a common and often embarrassing problem that can have a huge impact on quality of life. Find out which drugs can cause this problem.
  • New Study Reveals Many Patients at Risk for Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2015)
    Recent research revealed that many patients consume alcohol while using drugs that may can cause dangerous side effects when combined with alcohol. Read this article to learn about the many ways alcohol can adversely interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Benzodiazepines: Widely Prescribed, Dangerous Sleep and Tranquilizer Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (April 2015)
    This article discusses recent research showing increasing frequency of benzodiazepine use as people get older in the U.S. We also review results of a new study showing a possible link between use of these drugs and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • New Study Shows Increased Risk Of Death With Sleeping Pills And Tranquilizers [hide all summaries]
    (July 2014)
    For many years, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has recommended against using tranquilizers and sleeping pills to treat insomnia and anxiety. This article presents new evidence linking use of these drugs to an increased risk of premature death.
  • All Sleeping Pills Are Still Risky, But Safer Alternatives Exist [hide all summaries]
    (December 2013)
    We oppose the use of all sleeping pills, based on experts’ findings that “nonpharmacological treatments not only cause fewer side effects, but … can sustain long-term improvements more successfully than pharmacological treatments.” Read this article to learn about some suggested nondrug approaches.
  • Benzodiazepines May Increase Dementia Risk [hide all summaries]
    (January 2013)
    Find out the names of 11 different drugs in this popular family of tranquillizers and sleeping pills that can increase the risk of dementia 30 to 40 percent in older adults.
  • Update on Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2012)
    This article updates and expands our earlier list of drugs that can have harmful interactions with grapefruit juice. The list now includes 82 different drugs.
  • Tizanidine: Watch Out for Drugs Interacting With This Muscle Relaxant [hide all summaries]
    (October 2008)
    Tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) is a muscle relaxant for which more than 3.8 million prescriptions were filled in the U.S. last year. The article lists more than 64 drugs with which it can have dangerous interactions resulting in excess sedation, difficulty breathing or dangerously low blood pressure that can result in falling.
  • Grapefruit Juice and Prescription Drugs: Some Dangerous Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (February 2004)
    The January 5th issue of the Medical Letter, a widely respected source of independent information about pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, has a review of the increasingly researched problem of the interaction between grapefruit juice and many prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Like most interactions between chemicals in the body, this one involves the impairment, by grapefruit juice, of the body’s ability to metabolize many drugs, leading to higher than expected — and sometimes dangerous — levels of these drugs.This article lists the drugs.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.
  • Grapefruit Juice and Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (June 2002)
    Grapefruit juice can interact with a number of therapeutically important drugs that could lead to the possibility of toxicity. These drugs are listed in the article.

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