New evidence links benzos to Alzheimer’s

Benzodiazepines are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to international research that suggests long-acting formulations are particularly problematic.

The risk is so high that the researchers urge doctors to carefully evaluate the risks and benefits before prescribing these drugs.

The case-control study based on almost 9,000 elderly people shows the risk is increased by up to 51% among those who use benzodiazepines for more than three months.

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