Anxiety Drugs Don’t Raise Risk of Dementia

Prescription MedicationsThere’s been a lot of concern lately about whether anxiety and insomnia drugs called benzodiazepines, including Xanax, could contribute to dementia.

Now, a study says there is no link.

Such drugs are widely used by seniors.

Earlier studies have associated benzodiazepine use in seniors with increased risk of dementia.

But a story on cites a new study by researchers at the University of Washington that counters those earlier studies.

It found the subjects with the highest use of the drugs were at no higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s than those with less benzodiazepine use, nor did they experience faster cognitive decline.

This would appear to be good news for seniors who have been using the drugs and for caregivers who oversee seniors who may use the drugs.

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