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20Mar, 2017

Benzos, Sleep, Memory, Dementia

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  It’s been 3 years since BMJ (formerly The British Medical Journal) published “Benzodiazepine use and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: case-control study” (BMJ 2014; 349:g5205). The main conclusion was that using benzodiazepines (“ben-zoe-dye-AIZE-uh-peenz” or BZDs or benzos, which include Klonopin/clonazepam, Xanax/alprazolam, Valium/diazepam, Ativan/lorazepam, Restoril/temazepam, and others) for more than 90 days resulted in an increased risk for dementia of the Alzheimer type after age 66. We are certainly alerting our patients to this problem.
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15Sep, 2015

Sleep

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If you have trouble getting to sleep or sleeping through the night, if you wake up too early or have a hard time waking up at all, or if you are overly tired during the day, you may have one of the following sleep problems. Circadian Rhythm Disorders Typically, people sleep at night — thanks not only to the conventions of the 9-to-5 workday, but also to the close interaction between our natural sleep and alertness rhythms, which are driven by an internal “clock.” Circadian rhythm disorders include jet lag, adjustments […]
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