are antianxiety agents and sleeping pills that make us stupid? That is a question that is giving some scientists nightmares.
These are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Alprazolam (Xanax) is dispensed almost 50 million times a year. Other popular benzodiazepine drugs for anxiety and insomnia include clonazepam Diazepam lorazepam and temazepam. A study published in the prestigious journal The BMJ (online September 10, 2014) found a relationship between this category of medicines and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers reported that elderly people who had taken these drugs for at least three months were 51 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The longer you were on drugs, the greater the risk.
Please Alzheimer’s disease comes first?
Critics have suggested that people who develop early dementia may be anxious and have trouble sleeping. As a result, people with higher risk could also be those who are likely to use these medications. The study authors note that
“the association between the use of benzodiazepine disease and Alzheimer began at least five years before the diagnosis was evaluated.”
Furthermore, because the risk increases with prolonged use, which seems to point to benzodiazepines as taxpayers.
This news is discouraging for anyone over 50 taking one of these drugs. Nobody wants to increase the likelihood of developing dementia, but stop these drugs can be extremely difficult. . People who suddenly stop taking their pills may suffer symptoms of fierce abstinence
A health care professional share this experience
“I was a nurse for over 42 years and I am alarmed by the staggering increase in the use of anti-anxiety drugs like alprazolam or diazepam. there is no doubt in my mind that these addictive drugs change the way of thinking. I have observed poor logic, poor memory and impaired reasoning, even before dementia begins.
“is even worse, these drugs tend to come in very small pills somehow make people think they are safer. It was very common to see withdrawal in patients overuse of these drugs were hidden, and the withdrawal was a frightening thing to see. The result severe confusion, agitation and even hallucinations can last several days. “
Other symptoms of withdrawal benzo include anxiety, irritability, sensitivity to sound, light and touch, concentration problems, panic, insomnia, poor memory, depression, headache, sweating and muscle tremors.
sleeping pills also pose problems
related drugs include prescription drugs “Z” for insomnia (eszopiclone, zaleplon, zolpidem). These drugs seem to benzodiazepines in affect aminobutyric acid neurotransmitter GABA-gamma.
What doctors do?
scientists report a link between benzodiazepines and dementia suggest it would be prudent for physicians to follow rules of international prescription and limit the use of these drugs for three months or less. such short-term use does not appear to pose an excessive risk of memory loss.
people concerned about these and other medicines that can cause confusion in elderly patients may be interested in our Guide to Drugs and older People.