Healthy Living Tip - Common Medications May Be Linked to Dementia

JAMA Internal Medicine, recently published a medical study which linked long-term use of some common allergy and sleep drugs to increased risks of several types of dementia. The seven-year study found that though short-term use of several sleep aids and antihistamines was not linked to problems, long-term use might permanently affect memory and brain function. The study recommended speaking with a physician about the potential long-term effects of your medications and using alternative drugs where possible.

The top 20 drugs used by the study participants, in alphabetical order:

  • Amitriptyline (Elavil)
  • Atropine
  • Chlorpheniramine (Actifed, Allergy & Congestion Relief, Chlor-Trimeton, Codeprex, Efidac-24 Chlorpheniramine, etc.)
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Dicyclomine (Bentyl)
  • Diphenhydramine (Advil PM, Aleve PM, Bayer PM, Benadryl, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Simply Sleep, Sominex, Tylenol PM, Unisom, etc.)
  • Doxepin (Adapin, Silenor, Sinequan)
  • Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)
  • Hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Levbid, Levsin, Levsinex, NuLev)
  • Imipramine (Tofranil)
  • Meclizine (Antivert, Bonine)
  • Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Oxybutynin (Ditropan, Oxytrol)
  • Paroxetine (Brisdelle, Paxil)
  • Prochlorperazine (Compazine)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan)
  • Pseudoephedrine HCl/Triprolidine HCl (Aprodine)
  • Scopolamine (Transderm Scop)
  • Tolterodine (Detrol)

At no point should you stop taking medication without the advice of your physician.[1]

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Tip courtesy of AARP

1.) http://blog.aarp.org/2015/01/29/common-sleep-and-allergy-medications-linked-to-dementia-alzheimers/

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