Can overuse of prescription meds, such as Xanax and Percocet...

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Can overuse of prescription meds, such as Xanax and Percocet, over more than 10 years cause or contribute to Alzheimer's/dementia in general?


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Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

There is no evidence that a chronic use of these medications would cause or contribute to development of Alzheimer's disease.