A review of published studies indicates that use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine related drugs (BZRDs) may increase the risk of pneumonia.
These drugs are prescribed to treat various psychiatric diseases.
The analysis included 12 reports related to 10 studies involving more than 120,000 pneumonia cases.
After pooling the estimates, the odds for developing pneumonia were 1.25-fold higher in BZRD users compared with individuals who had not taken BZRDs.
The study is published in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.