Prescription drugs can be a godsend for those struggling with a medically treatable disease or disorder, but they can be incredibly dangerous, even deadly. Indeed, research demonstrates that prescription drugs are responsible for a large majority of all fatal overdoses in the United States. Even when used properly, prescription drugs can have serious side effects.
Recent research suggests that benzodiazepines like Ambien, Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax may pose serious risks to the very group many of them were designed to help the mosts—seniors. According to a study that compared two groups of seniors in France, reports of dementia symptoms in the group that used benzodiazepines were significantly higher than the group that did not use such prescription drugs. Even after accounting for other factors, the researchers found that benzodiazepine use can increase a person’s risk of developing dementia but up to 60%
Prescription drugs are known to be highly addictive, increasing their potential to cause harm. If you think that you or someone you love may be developing an addiction to a prescription medication you should consult with a certified addiction specialist as soon as possible.
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