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A 27-year-old male asked about a 80-year-old female:

my grandmother has alzheimers. currently, she is experiencing extreme behavioural and neuropsychiatric symptoms. her dr. prescribed her clanazapam to take as needed, so just want to get a 2nd opinion to make sure it is safe for her to take the drug?

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Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Yes and No.: It seems like your trust level with the Doctor needs addressing. Benzodiazepines can be useful for some, but can cause hallucinations and delusions in others. Elderly people can at times have difficulty excreting these types of drugs, which can lead to problems. It can cause balance concerns which can lead to falls, which can be deadly for elderly. Use with supervision is less dangerous.

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