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Drugs for anxiety, sleep linked to Alzheimer's disease

from By Denise A. Valenti

Drugs used to modify behavior in young or middle-aged adults may have serious consequences in later life. Recent research has demonstrated that extended use of benzodiazepine drugs — commonly used for the management of anxiety and sleep dysfunction — increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The longer the drugs are in use for a patient, the greater the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. A major concern with the Alzheimer's-type dementia associated with the benzodiazepines is that the pathology may not be reversible. more

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