Brain Damage from Benzodiazepines: The Troubling Facts, Risks, and History of Minor Tranquilizers

Researchers have long-known that benzodiazepines can cause brain damage

Posted Nov 18, 2010

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Last week, Britain’s Independent newspaper published a bombshell for psychiatry and medicine: the country’s Medical Research Council had sat on warnings voiced 30 years earlier that benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax can cause brain damage. As 11.5 million prescriptions for these drugs were issued in 2008 in Britain alone, my post on the revelation focused on the consequences of the cover-up for the millions of people affected.

Given the feedback I received from numerous recovering patients in Britain and the States attesting to their profound difficulties quitting such medication, as well as their continued impairment from the drugs many years later, I want to retrace the drugs’ controversial history, to help explain why the suppression of evidence about their side effects is deservedly national news in Britain, and why it should be here in the States, too. Read full article here

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