I’ve posted before about taking clonazepam for leg twitching that used to wake me up at night. When I was given this drug, I WASN’T told that it is also an anti-depressant and a sleeping pill and that if I ever tried to stop taking it I would suffer ‘rebound insomnia’, which is where you are wide awake in the middle of the night for no reason at all (only lasts three or four nights in my experience). I found the last out when I stopped taking it to see if my leg twitching had gone away (it hadn’t, so I went back on the clonazepam).
Now the BMJ has published a study suggesting that taking benzodiazepines long term (and I’ve been on clonazepam, which is a benzodiazepine, for four years or something) really increases your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Do we think this is something to worry about, when I already have quite bad MS? Presumably (trying not to be morbid, just realistic here) complications of the MS are likely to kill me before I get Alzheimer’s? What do other people think? I am planning to ask my neuro about it when I see him next month but I think he and my other half might be a bit disturbed by the idea that I don’t need to be concerned about Alzheimer’s risk because early death beckons.