Anxiety, sleep medications with possible link to Alzheimer’s disease

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(KTVI)- A new study about the link between some widely used medications and Alzheimer's has people talking this week. Most are wondering if the drugs they are on can lead to the disease.

Dr. George Grossberg, Neurologist at Saint Louis University, gives some insight to those who are already taking these medications and to those in which they may be prescribed.

The study looked at close to 9,000 patients and found that those who used drugs like Xanax, Ativan and Valium, used to treat anxiety and insomnia, had a 51% greater chance of Alzheimer's than those who never took the drug.

Although these drugs are prescribed fairly commonly, Dr. Grossberg tells us if we should be alarmed.

For more information visit: neuroandpsych.slu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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