Link between extended medication use and Alzheimer’s?

Here is a discussion of a recent study linking extended use of certain anxiety medications to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.  The drugs, benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Xanax, Ambien,  are often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia.  The study indicates that as a person’s exposure to this group of drugs increases, so does the person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  While it is a relatively small study, people should consider this research when weighing the pros and cons of taking these medications.