Millions of people have trouble sleeping. We can blame stress, stimulation, bad habits, and diet all we want, but that wont help those who suffer at night because they simply cannot shut off their mind. So many of those people, especially those over the age of 50 will turn to a prescription drug to help them sleep. They work wonderfully to relax the person and help them drift off into a comfortable dream like bliss, but they may be doing harm to their body.
Anxiety Drugs as Sleep Aids
There are a good number of people who suffer from high anxiety. To help keep calm and rational they are prescribed anxiety drugs like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. These drugs help to enhance the function of certain neurotransmitters. By opening up the receptors they allow the individual to remain calm.
These drugs are effective not only on those with anxiety, but also those who cannot shut off their brain at night. They keep thinking, and worrying, and end up tossing and turning. The drug will allow them to calm down and fall asleep. One side effect, however, is that the user is left with a hazy or groggy feeling. It is almost as though they were hung over, but without the nausea and headache.
New Studies Show Anxiety Drugs Lead to Alzheimers
New studies suggest that the hazy or groggy feeling may never actually go away. The idea is that these drugs do their job too well. They open up the receptors, and those receptors never close back to where they should be. So those who take anxiety drugs to help them sleep at night end up having this constant forgetful state. Even after they discontinue the drug, the damage has been done; dementia has set in.
Contact a Dangerous Drug Attorney
If you have used one of these drugs (those that fall into the benzodiazepine class), and you have been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia, you may be able to file an anxiety drug lawsuit. Your case against the drug manufacturer will help raise awareness to the millions of people using these drugs that they are putting themselves at serious risk. Your first step is to schedule your free consultation with a highly trained dangerous drug attorney.