Benzodiazipines cause permanent brain damage
There is no evidence at the present time to suggest that long-term administration of Benzodiazepines in therapeutic dosages results in permanent brain damage. You state that following discontinuance of Ativan, you had developed tension headaches, muscle tension and cognitive impairment involving short-term memory. The latter three are all symptoms of anxiety itself, which suggests rebound of the underlying "disorder" following discontinuance of Ativan. The million dollar question is...what symptoms were you experiencing PRIOR to starting the Ativan?
Reemergence of the original "disorder" being treated (or a modest deterioration in it) is typical following Benzodiazepine abstinence. After all, benzos do not "cure" the underlying "disorder". They can only mask it. Thus when they are discontinued, the original issue is likely to reemerge.
Ativan possesses potent amnesic properties. Other Benzodiazepines have less of an effect on cognition, albeit they all impair cognition to some degree. Perhaps inquire about trying one of the others until you find the one that provides the greatest benefit with the least amount of cognitive side effects.
Regarding your last line, there is little financial incentive in the prescribing of Benzodiazepines. All of these drugs are off patent and have been for decades. There is NO incentive for the pharmaceutical industry to promote this class of drugs, as there is no money in it for them. All are available in generic form. Physicians prescribe this class of drugs because their efficacy can hardly be questioned. In short, they work, and with few trade-offs. Read More At : ...