Is your medication setting you up for dementia?

walking trailCertain medications, known as anticholinergies, block acetycholine, which is essential for retaining memories. It’s hard to prove cause, as in, cause and effect, but “…experts found a strong link between the drugs and dementia…” (1). Those that took these types of drugs for as short as 6 months, developed brain impairment.

Our brains are our most important muscle; this is scary stuff, especially since these are medications that practically everyone has taken at one time or another; i.e: valium, Xanax, Taganet, Claritin, Benadryl, Dramamine, albuterol…and the list goes on and on (1).

My doctor recommended that I take either Claritin or Zyrtec with Flonase for a few months due to my allergies. I’m so glad I didn’t pick them up. After moving our bedroom furniture, we found a bunch of dust, which I promptly cleaned up. Turns out it was just dust I was breathing in. Now my allergies are gone…for now

 

  1. Source: Doheny, Kathleen. “Common Meds and Dementia: How strong is the link?” WebMd. 2016, May 9. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20160509/anticholinergic-drugs-dementia-link#1

 

Additional source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/for-allergy-symptoms-steroid-sprays-may-be-your-best-option/2015/09/28/78529e14-0a00-11e5-a7ad-b430fc1d3f5c_story.html?utm_term=.999b6597e001

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