In what ways do antidepressants increase the risks of dementia?
This is a ’cause-effect’ question for a disease state that is so long in it’s becoming diagnosed that no ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ answer can be given. ‘Brain trauma,’ whether physically occurring or through a blood-borne infection, seems to increase the risks of dementia.
People who took a long-acting benzodiazepine like diazepam (Valium) or flurazepam (Dalmane) are at a higher risk comparing those taking short-acting medicines such as lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), or temazepam (Restoril). Any medication that increases plasma total homocysteine level in the blood would increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.