Older people who used drugs known as benzodiazepines to relieve anxiety and help them sleep are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and those who use the drugs frequently and in higher doses are at even greater risk, a new study has found. Benzodiazepines, which include the brand names Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin, are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia, agitation and anxiety – early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly. But do these medications permit, cause, or even hasten the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? To investigate this issue further, researchers compared benzodiazepine use among nearly 1,800 elderly patients ... Read More
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