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'Clear Association' That Xanax, Valium, and Other Benzodiazepines Can Cause Dementia: Study

Benzodiazepine

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  • Over 100 million people are prescribed benzodiazepine drugs (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.), often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, are associated with increased dementia risk.
  • Among adults over 65, those who used benzodiazepines were 50 percent more likely to develop dementia over a 15-year period.
  • The drugs have also been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, addiction, car accidents, and premature death.
  • Exploring the safe and effective ways to address sleep issues, anxiety and other mental health conditions that do not involve unsafe drugs can lead to greater well-being and protect your health.

By Dr. Mercola

Over 100 million people are prescribed drugs known as benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) for anxiety and insomnia each year. Despite the fact that these drugs are only meant to be used for short periods, up to a few weeks, many use them for years, and new research suggests doing so may raise your risk of dementia.


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