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Benzodiazipines & Dementia

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Question: I've read that some studies suggest there is a connection between taking Valium (or Ativan & other benzos) and dementia. Valium has  been prescribed  for me in the  past for anxiety, MRI claustrophobia, & for plane rides (flying phobia). Works well & in fact relieves PD symptoms. Do you know where the research on this stands? I don't want to do anything that increases risk for dementia (so far so good)!

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I do not think there is any solid research that taking valium results in long term dementia, however it definitely can result in acute memory and problems that look a lot like dementia.  I think occasional use for procedures is likely reasonable as long as monitored by your doctor.

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