Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

27. How should anti-anxiety medications be taken?

Benzodiazepines can be habit-forming, so they should be taken with caution. Also, they tend to stay in an older adult's system longer than in younger adults, because older adults tend to have slower metabolisms. As a result, they can accumulate in the body faster than in younger adults. Therefore, benzodiazepines should only be used for a limited amount of time.