Popular ‘benzo’ drugs linked to suicide, brain damage — even if you stop taking them

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From The New York Post: “Over 30 million Americans a year use benzodiazepines, or ‘benzos,’ including Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin. Benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, muscle spasms, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, seizures and epilepsy. But this widely used class of drugs is linked to severe side effects and life impacts that can last for years — even after people have stopped taking the drugs — a new study finds.

. . . The researchers have coined the term BIND, or benzodiazepine-induced neurological dysfunction, to describe the long-lasting effects of benzo use. Though BIND is a new term and the condition is not yet well-defined or universally accepted by doctors, the study authors believe it could be a result of brain changes resulting from benzodiazepine use. BIND could occur in roughly one in five long-term users of benzodiazepines.”

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