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Review: could Xanax cause Parkinson's disease?

Summary: Parkinson's disease could be caused by Xanax, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Sinemet, and have Parkinson's disease.

We study 54,772 people who have side effects while taking Xanax from FDA and social media. Among them, 97 have Parkinson's disease. Find out below who they are, when they have Parkinson's disease and more.

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On Apr, 10, 2014: 54,772 people reported to have side effects when taking Xanax. Among them, 104 people (0.19%) have Parkinson's Disease. They amount to 0.17% of all the 61,067 people who have Parkinson's Disease on eHealthMe.

Trend of Parkinson's disease in Xanax reports

Time on Xanax when people have Parkinson's disease * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Parkinson's disease100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Parkinson's disease when taking Xanax * :

FemaleMale
Parkinson's disease78.57%21.43%

Age of people who have Parkinson's disease when taking Xanax * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Parkinson's disease0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%6.33%10.13%20.25%63.29%

Severity of Parkinson's disease when taking Xanax ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Parkinson's disease ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Parkinson's disease (21 people, 20.19%)
  2. Osteoporosis (12 people, 11.54%)
  3. Anxiety (11 people, 10.58%)
  4. Multiple sclerosis (11 people, 10.58%)
  5. Depression (9 people, 8.65%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Sinemet (28 people, 26.92%)
  2. Nexium (22 people, 21.15%)
  3. Paxil (21 people, 20.19%)
  4. Aspirin (21 people, 20.19%)
  5. Lipitor (19 people, 18.27%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Celuna on Mar, 17, 2012:

    I believe that Long term Xanax use may cause Parkinson's Disease. How? Xanax interferes with REM sleep, the sleep needed to restore the body. Does anyone else have information that supports this.? It is interesting to me to see that there is a high number of females who have taken Xanax who have Parkinson's Disease. This statistic makes me believe that there is a connection.

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