I have been taking lorazepam for almost 17 years(most of that time I believe I was taking at least 2-3 mg per day). The last few years I've been taking 5 mg per day. Now I'm taking 4 mg per day. I'm 39 years old and I'm worried about getting Alzheimer's. I 'm mostly worried about getting early onset Alzheimer's. I don't have any early onset Alzheimer's in my family and I know it's usually a genetic disease. Does everyone taking the amount of lorazepam I'm taking and the length I've been taking it going to get early onset Alzheimer's or the old age type of Alzheimer's? I'm afraid. Any suggestions? I'm taking lorazepam for OCD and to sleep better.
Never really heard of that, although any drug of that type for that long can rot your brain, especially if it's mixed with others, or alcohol, and then there's the liver to be considered.
Chances are if you take care of yourself nutritionally (lot's of new info available on how to do that) and keep your brain stimulated (online programs designed for this, and playing and reading music also helps) you'll have a good shot at staying mentally healthy into old age.
My psychiatrist gave me information on this awhile back - Long-term use of some common anti-anxiety and insomnia drugs may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.
According to a new study, regular use of benzodiazepines -- which include medications such as Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin (clonazepam) -- is associated with as much as a 51 percent increased risk for Alzheimer's among people who use the drugs for three months or more. The researchers analyzed six years of data, and noted 1,796 cases of Alzheimer's disease.
The study found that beyond three months on the drug, the longer people took it, the higher their risk for dementia. Additionally, the study indicated that long-acting or extended release forms of the drugs were associated with higher risk for Alzheimer's than shorter acting forms of the same medication. However, this usually happens with elderly patients. I hope this helped you better understand.
- Lorazepam Information for Consumers
- Lorazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lorazepam (detailed)
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