Patients may not benefit from sedatives prior to surgery, study suggests Medical News Today

March 4, 2015 8:21 AM

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Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs commonly used to help reduce a patient's perioperative stress or anxiety - the stress and anxiety experienced before and after surgery.

However, the study researchers - including Dr. Axel Maurice-Szamburski of the Hôpital de la Timone Adulte in Marseille, France - note that benzodiazepines have been associated with a number of side effects, including drowsiness, insomnia and cognitive impairment.

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