Benzodiazepines: Risks & Benefits

Benzodiazepine medication, such as Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin, have been prescribed by clinicians for the treatment of anxiety disorders since their approval by the FDA in the 70s and 80s. However, more recent research has shown a link to dementia as well as evidence that long term use has significant deleterious effects on memory, cognition, and dependence. They are not recommended for use long term for treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders.