Sep 15, 2014

Alzheimer's and the Use of Anti-Anxiety Medications

Long term use of a class of medications commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep problems (benzodiazepines) may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But that is only part of the problem, they are also commonly used to keep Alzheimer's and dementia patients under control.

By Bob De Marco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alzheimer's and the Use of Anti-Anxiety Medications

Since we published this article last week,

Alzheimer's May Be Caused By Overuse of Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Problems,

the use of anxiety drugs, specifically a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, and their relation to Alzheimer's disease has become both a hot topic on Google, and a Trending Topic worldwide.

This morning the issue is being covered by ever major news outlet around the world.

We have quite a bit of information on this topic in the Alzheimer's Reading Room knowledge base and I wanted to point you to a few article that might be important to you and your love one.

1. Side Effects of Medications Can Mimic Alzheimer's

Linda learned that her mother's doctor was prescribing "Xanax for anti-anxiety – a drug known to cause confusion, memory loss and balance problems among the elderly". See and read --

Side Effects of Medications Can Mimic Alzheimer's

Linda Rhodes: Side effects of medications can mimic Alzheimer's disease


2. Common Anxiety Drugs Can Increase Dementia Risk in Baby Boomers

Some people might be seeing this information on anti anxiety drugs for the first time, however, we published this article in the Alzheimer's Reading Room back in 2012,

Common Anxiety Drugs Can Increase Dementia Risk in Baby Boomers.


3. What Antipsychotics and Benzodiazepines Look Like On People’s Faces

In this interest article, Carole Larkin offers seven useful tips including: Make sure every other way has been tried before resorting to either an antipsychotic or benzodiazepine.

What Antipsychotics and Benzodiazepines Look Like On People’s Faces

4. Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs.

Benzodiazepines are commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines comprise a large family of medications,

Some of those more commonly prescribed include:
These drugs are among the most frequently prescribed drugs in the marketplace. See a longer list here -- List of benzodiazepines.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,850 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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