Benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax and Valium are heavy-duty psychoactive drugs prescribed to combat anxiety or to help you sleep.
Even worse, they come with a laundry list of troubling side effects including bladder control loss, seizures, unsteadiness on your feet, and potentially permanent memory problems — a dangerous combination of side effects for the elderly. In fact medical experts have been warning doctors for years against prescribing benzodiazepines to elderly patients.
Now a new study has revealed that the older you are, your risk of getting a benzodiazepine prescription increases… meaning doctors just simply don’t listen to the warnings against these drugs.
Nearly 30 per cent of benzodiazepines patients are now over the age of 65. There are twice as many elderly patients taking these drugs as those between the ages of 18-35. Here’s the worst part — the most common benzodiazepines users are 80-year-old women!
If there’s an elderly person you love whose memory has been slipping… or whose steps have gotten a little wobbly… or who has suddenly developed seizures… it might not be the ageing process.
If you’re already on a benzodiazepine it’s time to think about getting off. Just don’t try to do it on your own. Benzodiazepines are addictive and quitting can come with its own set of side effects. A doctor skilled in naturopathic or integrative medicine can help you quit safely.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Benzodiazepine Use in the United States, archpsyc.jamanetwork.com