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Meds, Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

If you have never heard of the term anticholinergic, you are not alone.  However, if you have heard of these medications, Benadryl, Demerol, Dimetapp, Dramamine, Paxil, Unisom, VESIcare, then you now know the over-the counter and prescription meds under this classification.  A recent study of those who use these drugs shows a link between cognitive impairment and increased risk of dementia. Studies have shown those older individuals who use the drugs did worse on short term memory tests, tests of executive functioning, including verbal reasoning, planning and problem solving. These people also had reduced brain volume and larger ventricles (cavities inside the brain). These individuals also showed lower levels of glucose metabolism both in the brain and in the hippocampus of the brain, which is the region associated with memory and also identified as the region that is affected early on by Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is using these long term and notice any of the related symptoms, talk with your doctor. There are alternatives!