If its over-the-counter it must be safe for regular use, right? Many people do indeed take these medications regularly. Sleep aids like the antihistamine Benadryl (diphenhydramine), is often taken regularly. Research is now showing a strong link between dosage strength of over-the counter drugs and the onset of dementia. This is from people who had no signs of dementia before the study.
University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seattle is conducting this latest study. They reported their findings in JAMA Internal Medicine in January, 2015.
These drugs known as anticholinergics, end up blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from being transmitted to the brain. The is being said to contribute to the onset of dementia.
People 65 and over were followed for 10 years. Taking 50mg of Benadryl and other first generation antihistamines daily for over 3 years (or 25 mg daily for over 6 years), these people were at the most significant risk for dementia.
In 800 people out of 3500, the most commonly used meds for developing dementia were the following:
Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton (and other first generation anti-histamines); prescription tricyclic anti-depressants (doxepin or Sinequan) and meds for bladder control (oxybutinin, Ditropan).
Younger individuals who are on a consistent dose of ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS should be warned through this study as possible early onset of dementia could result.
Nobody should discontinue meds without speaking to their doctor. Nevertheless, these results and the others in the video, serve as important info to consider regarding risks for dementia. Alternative drugs may be available.
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