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A 32-year-old female asked:

i heard long term use of kolonopin can cause alzheimer's. i've been taking 1.5mg everyday for a year. and 4 yrs prior 1mg prn. should i b concerned?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Yes: Recent study (http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5205) linked benzodiazepine use to increase risk of dementia (confirms earlier study http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e6231). However, correlation does not prove causation. Bigger concern is why you need long term Clonazepam - not typically used to treat depression.

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