WARNING: PROLONGED USE OF PRESCRIBED SLEEPING PILLS INCREASES RISK OF ALZHEIMER: A recent French and Canadian study links the long-term use of benzodiazepines to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s. Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleeplessness. The pharmaceutical name for these drugs prescribed in the United States are:
The study concluded that these drugs should only be used for short periods of time. The study identified 1,796 people with Alzheimer’s whose health had been monitored for at least six years before diagnosis. They were compared against three times as many healthy counterparts matched for age and gender.
PATIENTS WHO HAD EXTENSIVELY USED BENZODIAZEPINES FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS IN THE PAST WERE UP TO 51% MORE LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S. The risk rose the longer the person had used the drug.