publication . Article . 2016

Benzodiazepine poisoning in elderly

Natasa Perković Vukcević; Gordana Vuković Ercegović; Zoran Segrt; Snezana Djordjevic; Jasmina Jovic Stosic;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: Vojnosanitetski pregled, volume 73, pages 234-238 (issn: 0042-8450, eissn: 2406-0720, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: National Library of Serbia
Abstract
<jats:p>Background/Aim. Benzodiazepines are among the most frequently ingested drugs in self-poisonings. Elderly may be at greater risk compared with younger individuals due to impaired metabolism and increased sensitivity to benzodiazepines. The aim of this study was to assess toxicity of benzodiazepines in elderly attempted suicide. Methods. A retrospective study of consecutive presentations to hospital after self-poisoning with benzodiazepines was done. Collected data consisted of patient's characteristics (age, gender), benzodiazepine ingested with its blood concentrations at admission, clinical findings including vital signs and Glasgow coma score, routine ...
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