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Barbiturates and serum calcium in the elderly.
  1. R. E. Young,
  2. L. E. Ramsay,
  3. T. S. Murray


    In a retrospective study, based on a biochemical survey of people aged 65 and over in a general practice, subjects taking a barbiturate preparation for indications other than epilepsy had a significantly lower serum calcium concentration than did those taking nitrazepam or diazepam. Ordinary doses of barbiturate may adversely affect vitamin D metabolism in the elderly.

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