Common Drugs can Cause or Worsen Memory Problems

Spring 2010 CSANews Issue 74  |  Posted date : May 27, 2010.Back to list

Many common drugs can cause or worsen memory problems, confusion and cognitive impairment in older adults, which can be mistaken for dementia, according to a recent report in Clinical Interventions in Aging.

The drugs include some for insomnia, allergies, hypertension, asthma and heart disease, and the risk is greatest in people taking drugs for multiple disorders. One example is diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used in over-the-counter cold and allergy pills and sleep aids, such as Benadryl and Tylenol PM. The side-effects are reversible when the drugs are stopped.

Source: The Wellness Letter

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