Medications May Cause Dementia, But It Could Be Untreated Sleep Apnea
By Brandon R. Peters, M.D. The news was enough to give you indigestion: Some of the over-the-counter and prescription medications most widely used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are linked to the development of dementia. The research suggesting a possible association is the latest in a string of implicated drugs over the past few years, including medications taken to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and allergies. What is going on? Before emptying out the medicine cabinet, take a moment to consider the role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Scientific research can be difficulty to contextualize, especially when i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs
Overdose deaths involving anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax are on the rise, with more than a fourfold increase between 1996 and 2013, a new study says. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 25, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Deaths (Fatalities) Mind Featured Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

Well: More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs
Overdose deaths involving anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax are on the rise, with more than a fourfold increase between 1996 and 2013, a new study says. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Deaths (Fatalities) Mind Featured Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

Well: More Overdose Deaths from Anxiety Drugs
Overdose deaths involving anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax are on the rise, with more than a fourfold increase between 1996 and 2013, a new study says. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 25, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Deaths (Fatalities) Mind Featured Anxiety and Stress Source Type: news

Not the ‘nightmare’ I was expecting – Shelia’s story
The post Not the ‘nightmare’ I was expecting – Shelia’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I am 45 and required a TAH due to two large fibroids. The TAH was done under an epidural quite a weird feeling during the procedure but absolutely no pain and recovery was so much better than a general anaesthetic. My hysterectomy was not the nightmare I was expecting. I had the procedure 3 weeks ago (6th Jan 2016) and was up and walking (albeit rather ‘gingerly’) after 24 hrs (when the catheter was removed). There was quite a bit of bleeding afterwards but this only lasted for 48hrs...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 20, 2016 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Not the ‘ nightmare ’ I was expecting – Shelia ’ s story
The post Not the ‘nightmare’ I was expecting – Shelia’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. I am 45 and required a TAH due to two large fibroids. The TAH was done under an epidural quite a weird feeling during the procedure but absolutely no pain and recovery was so much better than a general anaesthetic. My hysterectomy was not the nightmare I was expecting. I had the procedure 3 weeks ago (6th Jan 2016) and was up and walking (albeit rather ‘gingerly’) after 24 hrs (when the catheter was removed). There was quite a bit of bleeding afterwards but this only lasted for 48hrs...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - February 20, 2016 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories fibroids Source Type: news

Fatal overdoses from common sedatives on the rise
A new study finds deaths from widely used drugs like Xanax and Valium have surged in recent years (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose deaths from common sedatives have surged, new study finds
Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the millions of Americans using benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths soar, study finds
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benzodiazepine overdose deaths soared in recent years
The use of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium, is on the rise, and the number of overdose deaths related to them soared in recent years, new research says. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose deaths from sedatives including Xanax and Valium soar, experts warn
The death rate from overdoses involving benzidiazepines, also known as benzos, has increased more than four fold since 1996, scientists in New York and Pennsylvania discovered. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher says (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising from Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher saysSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Poisoning, Prescription Drug Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overdose Deaths from Common Sedatives Have Surged, New Study Finds
February 18, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Headlines about America’s worsening drug epidemic have focused on deaths from opioids—heroin and prescription painkillers such as OxyContin. But overdose deaths have also soared among the millions of Americans using benzodiazepine drugs, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. Their findings appear online today in the American Journal of Public Health. (Source: Einstein News)
Source: Einstein News - February 18, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax
THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 -- While deaths from overdoses of heroin and narcotic painkillers like Oxycontin have surged in recent years, a new report finds the same thing is happening with widely used sedatives such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. In... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Electronic health records can help catch undiagnosed cases of Type 2 diabetes, UCLA researchers find
In 2012, a group of UCLA researchers set out to mine thousands of electronic health records for a more accurate and less expensive way to identify people who have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. The researchers got much more than they bargained for. Not only did they develop an algorithm with the potential to vastly increase the number of correct diagnoses of the disease by refining the pool of candidates who are put forward for screening; they also uncovered several previously unknown risk factors for diabetes, including a history of sexual and gender identity disorders, intestinal infections and a category of illnesses...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 16, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Valium, Xanax And Ativan May Not Lead To Dementia After All
Benzodiazepines have been linked to dementia in the past. A new study raises some doubts. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 4, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice G. Walton Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: Study
Title: Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/3/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Alzheimer)
Source: MedicineNet Alzheimer - February 4, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won’t Raise Seniors’ Dementia Risk: Study
Research may ease some concerns about use of benzodiazapines, but side effects do exist (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 3, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Neurology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, News, Source Type: news

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk
Research may ease some concerns about use of benzodiazapines, but side effects do exist Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anxiety, Dementia, Medicines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A preliminary investigation to group disparate batches of licit and illicit diazepam tablets using differential scanning calorimetry - Bibi S, Bremner DH, Macdougall-Heasman M, Reid R, Simpson K, Tough A, Waddell S, Stewart IJ, Matthews KH.
Increasing numbers of illicit and unlicensed medicines are in general circulation and regularly seized by the police and other regulatory authorities. Forensic identification of seized tablets tends to focus on visual appearance and chromatographic identif... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Teens and medicines that cause birth defects: Do doctors drop the ball?
My 14-year-old daughter recently started taking isotretinoin, a medication that can help severe acne — and that can cause severe birth defects. I knew that there was a process in place for preventing pregnancy in girls taking it, but I was caught off guard by just how many hoops we had to jump through to get her prescription. There were two pregnancy tests a month apart at the beginning, continued monthly pregnancy tests as well as monthly online questions about contraception and her understanding of the effects of the medicine, and a special ID card that has to be brought to the pharmacy within a very short window a...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Drugs and Supplements Family Planning and Pregnancy Parenting Source Type: news

Here's How Many People Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana Last Year
With marijuana now legal in some form throughout 23 states, the number of Americans who fatally overdosed on the drug last year was significant:  The rate of absolutely zero deaths from a marijuana overdose remained steady from last year, according to figures released this month by the Centers for Disease Control. But while Americans aren't dying as a result of marijuana overdoses, the same can't be said for a range of other substances, both legal and illicit.    A total of 17,465 people died from overdosing on illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine last year, while 25,760 people died from overdos...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal case of diazepam and paraquat poisoning: a case report - Peranantham S, Manigandan G, Tamilselvi V, Shanmugam K.
A very dangerous activity among youth and young adults is the indiscriminate mixing and sharing of prescription drugs, often in combination with alcohol or other drugs. The effects of these combinations of substances can be fatal. A 28 years old adult male... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A suicide involving intraperitoneal injection of pentobarbital - Hangartner S, Steiner J, Dussy F, Moeckli R, Gerlach K, Briellmann T.
We present an unusual case of suicide by intraperitoneal injection of pentobarbital, an overdose of zolpidem and the intake of diazepam, ethanol and other psychoactive substances. The autopsy and specimen collection were conducted in a 10 to 18 h postmorte... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

FDA Cautions Consumers About Counterfeit Diazepam Bought Online (FREE)
By Kristin J. Kelley Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM The FDA is warning about a counterfeit version of the … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 8, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Warns Consumers Who Purchase Diazepam Online of Potentially Serious Counterfeiting Issue
July 6, 2015 -- The FDA is warning consumers who purchase Diazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, on the internet of the potential risk that this drug may be counterfeit. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 700 adverse events from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 6, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Is It Bedtime for Benzos?
“Bernard also laughed; after two grams of soma the joke seemed, for some reason, good. Laughed and then, almost immediately, dropped off to sleep.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World It’s been a tough few years for benzodiazepines, the pharmaceutical industry’s top-selling family of prescription drugs. Tough in every way, that is, except sales: Xanax remains the world’s most popular pill, and U.S. prescriptions for it and other benzos grow by 12 percent every year. It’s their reputation, long enjoyed, as harmless and effective medicines that’s taking a flurry of hits — so...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

FDA cracks down on 1,000 illegal online medicine sellers
(Reuters) — The FDA said yesterday it had sent warning letters and seized potentially dangerous, unapproved medicines and medical devices from more than 1,050 websites globally. Inspectors from the FDA and other federal agencies screened and seized illegal drugs and medical devices received through international mail facilities in Chicago, Miami and New York, the FDA said in a statement. The health regulator said it sent warning letters to operators of nearly 400 websites and to 9 firms distributing unapproved medical devices online. The prescription drugs targeted included some purported to be the generic ...
Source: Mass Device - June 19, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Sleeping pills including Xanax and Valium TREBLE the risk of lung cancer
Norwegian Institute of Public Health scientists found a slight increase in the risk of all types of cancer with sleeping tablets, but a 'worrying' rise in risk with respiratory cancers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medication and Sleep
This article was adapted from a previous article written by Dr. Moore for his column “Kevlar for the Mind.” (Source: Psych Central)
Source: Psych Central - March 30, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bret Moore, PsyD Tags: Anti-anxiety Antidepressants Atypical Antipsychotics Benzodiazepines Depression Disorders General Medications Sleep Insomnia sleep disorder Sleeping Pills Source Type: news

Medication and Anxiety
Medication can be an effective approach for managing various types of anxiety such as panic, hyperarousal, and constant worry. However, contrary to popular belief and subtle messages from pharmaceutical companies, medication is far from a cure. In fact, when it comes to “cures” for most psychiatric conditions, the data tends to support psychotherapy. For example, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) responds very well to psychotherapy, whereas the positive effects of medication are somewhat limited. The same is true for panic disorder. Although certain types of medication are very good at relieving panic sympt...
Source: Psych Central - March 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bret Moore, PsyD Tags: Anti-anxiety Antidepressants Benzodiazepines Disorders General Medications Panic Disorder anti-anxiety medications Drug Dependency Fear Hyperarousal Sedatives Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor snri Ssri Substance Abuse Source Type: news

Well: A Time to Avoid Anxiety Drugs
People sometimes take Valium or Ativan to relieve anxiety before having surgery, but a new study suggests that these drugs have little beneficial effect and may even delay recovery. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 9, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Mind Featured Source Type: news

Well: A Time to Avoid Anxiety Drugs
People sometimes take Valium or Ativan to relieve anxiety before having surgery, but a new study suggests that these drugs have little beneficial effect and may even delay recovery. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Mind Featured Source Type: news

Well: A Time to Avoid Anxiety Drugs
People sometimes take Valium or Ativan to relieve anxiety before having surgery, but a new study suggests that these drugs have little beneficial effect and may even delay recovery. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 9, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Mind Featured Source Type: news

Diazepam to temazepam: Everyday medicine that could leave you too woozy to drive
A study found drug driving was responsible for up to 200 fatal accidents every year. We examine the common medicines which could have an influence on you behind the wheel... (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Old Age: Continued Questions on Benzodiazepine Use in Older Patients
A new reports that among 65- to 80-year-old Americans, close to 9 percent use drugs like Valium, Xanax, Ativan and Klonopin. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Sedatives Elderly Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Source Type: news

Driving whilst taking prescription medication
Legislation to be introduced on 2 March will set very low levels for eight well known illegal drugs, including cannabis and also eight prescription drugs, including clonazepam and diazepam. BBC Clonazepam - A to Z of MS Diazepam - A to Z of MS (Source: Multiple Sclerosis Trust)
Source: Multiple Sclerosis Trust - February 10, 2015 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

New Clues About a Brain Protein With High Affinity for Valium
(Source: News from NIGMS Funded Institutions)
Source: News from NIGMS Funded Institutions - January 30, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for valium
Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein. New studies revealing atomic level details of this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium's side effects and point the way to more effective drugs. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for Valium
(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein. New studies revealing atomic level details of this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium's side effects and point the way to more effective drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 29, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Diastat Acudial (Diazepam Rectal Gel) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 5, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Surely the NEJM could do a better review of delirium tremens
2.5 out of 5 stars Recognition and Management of Withdrawal Delirium (Delirium Tremens). Schuckit MA. N Engl J Med 2014 Nov 27;371:2109-2113. No abstract available This is an amazingly inept paper, even by the traditionally low standards of the New England Journal‘s  “Review Article” section. It was written by a psychiatrist who — on the basis of this piece — seems not to deal with severe alcohol withdrawal or delirium tremens at all. At times, the author does not appear to appreciate the serious nature of DTs and the difficulty of treating the condition adequately. For instance...
Source: The Poison Review - December 18, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical alcohol withdrawal delirium tremens DTs review article Source Type: news

Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study
Drugs such as Xanax, Valium tied to confusion and falls, experts say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We Are Our Shadows
The same year the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize, 1989, I had my first panic attack. It was my freshman year in college and in the midst of hip-hop, frozen yogurt and scrunchies, I was celebrating independence from my parents for the first time but struggling academically. I had never defined myself as anxious, nervous or worried. Instead I was the girl who doesn't worry about anything. That's how my family had always described me, and I played the part well. As I stood in the emergency room breathing into a bag, doctors urging me to go on medication for my anxiety, I began to question my own sanity. These panic att...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More U.S. Teens Are Overdosing on Valium, Xanax
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

Celia Walden on the pain of going teetotal
From Vicodin to Valium, no amount of prescription drugs can ease Celia Walden's agony at laying off the booze (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: prescription drugs ambien valium wine wine and painkillers piers morgan los angeles celia walden california vicodin Source Type: news

Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments
A reaction pathway that could reduce the potentially harmful impact of diazepam and similar chemicals on the UK's freshwater environment has been discovered by researchers. Diazepam -- used to treat anxiety and other similar conditions -- has been detected in rivers across the UK and Europe, having been released from waste water treatment plants. At the levels recorded, it has the potential to produce harmful ecological effects in surface waters, including changing the behavior of fish shoals and their ability to sense danger from predators. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Anxiety Medications Ativan, Xanax, And Valium May Increase Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease
Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin are some of the anxiety meds linked to Alzheimer’s risk. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 10, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice G. Walton Source Type: news