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A new study confirms what researchers have been investigating for more a decade: Anticholinergic drugs are linked with cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia. Anticholinergics are a class of drugs that include over-the-counter and prescription medications used to treat allergies and asthma, as well as sleep disorders and depression, reports Healthline. They may also be prescribed for incontinence, gastrointestinal cramps and muscular spasms, as well as high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
You may not recognize the name of the class of drugs, but you likely know some of the brands: Benadryl, Dimetapp and Unisom, for example. Here's a full list of anticholinergics (PDF) if you want to understand what's in your medicine cabinet.
Although researchers have known about the link for some time, this is the first time neuroimaging methods have helped determine the cognitive changes associated with the medications. Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine used brain imaging techniques to look for the physical changes associated with these drugs. They studied more than 400 adults with an average age of 73 by giving them a series of neuropsychological tests and cognitive questionnaires, followed by PET scans and MRIs.
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originally posted by: StephenHope
i would be more worried about the stuff coming out of the tap let alone over the counter stuff. Food grown from horse manure contains arsenic. Heavy metals from aluminium cans. Things like that as well. Aspartame found in so called soft drinks. Lots of drugs have side effects long term especially some of the older stuff, the problem is when they find a new drug that actually works with little to no side effects they get quickly lifted off of the market because the drugs companies are not making any money out of them or they are too expensive, the biggest problem comes from older medication thats prescribed especially for things like mental ailments but alot of the effects are known but they are rarely ever talked about with the patients. Then of course theres the dreaded unknowns of any medication.