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Insomnia, Anxiety Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk

A new study indicates that seniors who take benzodiazepines or similar drugs are more likely to develop dementia than those who don’t. Benzodiazepines like Ambien, Halcion, Klonopin, Restoril, Valium, and Xanax are often prescribed to help with sleep problems or anxiety and are only meant to be taken for a few weeks or months at a time. Studies show, however, that many seniors stay on them for years. The study compared two groups of French seniors, 95 who were recent benzodiazepine users and 968 who were not. Over the next 15 years, 253 cases of dementia were diagnosed: 32% of those who had taken the drugs and 23% of those who had not.

Read the full article here: Insomnia, Anxiety Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk