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Commonly-prescribed sleeping and anxiety pills, also known as benzodiazepines, are now under scrutiny. In a recent study, researchers found that those who take drugs like Xanax and Valium have a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
When kids under age six are hospitalized for accidentally taking prescription medications, in many cases they've gotten hold of narcotic painkillers and benzodiazepine sedatives, according to a new study. "All medications should be kept out of the reach and sight of young children," said lead author Maribeth C. Lovegrove of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As public support for the legalization of marijuana grows and the stigma surrounding its use lessens, many people suffering from mental illness are unaware that smoking pot could actually make their condition worse. "Marijuana interacts with their disease," said Karen E. Moeller, a psychiatric pharmacist at the University of Kansas Medical Center, in an interview with CNSNews.com.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, who studied the emotional distress of caring for a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, found anxiety is high for the primary caregiver at the initial diagnosis or early in the course of the illness and decreases over time. "This finding is significant," said Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, the Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Community Health at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and study's corresponding author.
Every year, more than 34,000 U.S. children go to the emergency room for accidentally ingesting prescription drugs, such as opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety pills, a new study finds. Twelve medications account for nearly half of these hospitalizations, the researchers found.
Findings add to suspicion prolonged or intensive use of benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Mogadon causes the onset of mind-robbing disease Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk of going on to develop Alzheimer's disease, new research finds. Those whose use of the medications is most intensive are almost twice as likely to develop the mind-robbing disorder.
Researches have shown that long term use of sleeping pills used for anxiety, also known as the generic drug benzodiazepine, can cause dementia. The use of this anti-anxiety drug for more than three months have been traced to increase the chances of having dementia by 50%.
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The class of drugs known as Benzodiazepines are very effective for the treatment of anxiety, However, they were never intended for long-term use. Those of us in the treatment field regularly see people who have multi-year prescriptions for drugs such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium and Klonopin, classified as Benzoes.
The risk of Alzheimer's disease grew by a startling 43 to 51 percent among elderly patients who had used benzodiazepines in the past. Benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as tranquilizers , are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in America.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:40 pm
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