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Elderly Drugs - Driving

A long acting class of medicines known as Benzodiazepines, of which Valium is one example, has now been shown to have been used by elderly patients who also were involved in car accidents.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of over 200,000 drivers in Quebec, Canada, aged 67 - 84 years.

There was a 26% increase in auto accidents resulting in bodily injury in those who were taking the medicine compared with the control group.

Don't drive if you're on this type of medicine.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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