Sleeping pills increase chance of Alzheimer’s
A recent research has revealed that sleeping pills that include benzodiazepines comprising diazepam and lorazepam increase the chance of Alzheimer’s when taken for longer periods of time.
Pills including these chemicals are commonly prescribed doctors to treat acute sleeping disorders and anxiety. However, taking these pills continuously for three months or longer is said to increase the chance of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after five years. A shocking revelation and a wakeup call, the news comes as a recent research has led to the discovery.
These drugs were issued to at least six million doctors in England last year and the researchers said that the findings of the study are highly important as a lot of older people are taking these pills. Researchers also categorized the findings as they hold “major importance for public health”. Although they say it cannot be concluded that taking these pills are the cause of the rise in the percent of Alzheimer’s, they are highly suspicious of these pills.
According to the report, pills containing these elements must not be taken for more than three months. On the other hand, those who have Alzheimer’s already are also treated for sleep problems with these pills and so the results are confusing. Scientists of the University of Bordeaux said that the findings are important “considering the prevalence and chronicity of benzodiazepine use in elderly populations and the high and increasing incidence of dementia in developed countries.”
“It is now crucial to encourage physicians to carefully balance the benefits and risks when initiating or renewing a treatment with benzodiazepines and related products in elderly patients.”
There are also other researchers who have found that these medicines increased the risk of Alzheimer’s by 51 percent and the longer the patients are exposed to these drugs, the higher the risk.