Benzodiazepine Use in Bipolar Linked to Illness Complexity, Demographic Factors, Study Shows

Benzodiazepine use in patients with bipolar disorders is associated with greater illness complexity as indicated by a higher number of concomitant psychotropic medications and higher anxiety symptom burden, according to a report in the current Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Researchers at multiple institutions examined the prevalence of and factors associated with benzodiazepine use among 482 […]

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People taking benzodiazepines for 3+ months have a 51% higher risk of getting Alzheimer

Are anti-anxiety agents and sleeping pills dulling our thinking and increasing our risk of Alzheimer’s? That is a question giving some scientists nightmares. These are among the more prescribed drugs in America. Alprazolam (Xanax) is dispensed nearly 50 million times each year. Other popular benzodiazepine medications for anxiety and insomnia include clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and […]

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Voorschrijven van benzodiazepines stijgt substantieel bij hogere leeftijd

Nearly 9 percent of adults over 65 filled a benzodiazepine prescription in 2008, and most of these prescriptions were not written by psychiatrists. Benzodiazepines such as Valium have been around for decades, and while effective for treating anxiety or insomnia, they are no longer recommended front-line therapies for these conditions—as there are safer, effective options. […]

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