Meds Cause Long Term Mental Impairment

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Medications Found to Cause Long Term Cognitive Impairment of Aging Brain,
Study Finds

ScienceDaily (July 14, 2010) ” Drugs commonly taken for a variety of
common medical conditions including insomnia, allergies, or incontinence
negatively affect the brain causing long term cognitive impairment in older
African-Americans, according to a study appearing in the July 13, 2010 print
issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system
neurotransmitter, and are widely-used medical therapies. They are sold
over the counter under various brand names such as
Benadryl®,
Dramamine®,
Excedrin PM®,
Nytol®,
Sominex®,
Tylenol PM®,
Unisom®.
Other anticholinergic drugs, such as
Paxil®,
Detrol®,
Demerol® and
Elavil®
are available only by prescription. Older adults most commonly use drugs with anticholinergic
effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage problems.

Cont. at _http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/10071311 1724.htm_
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