Dr Oz: Medications Linked To Alzheimer’s & Dementia

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Dr Oz: Medicines Linked To Alzheimer’s

Dr Oz: Medications Linked To Alzheimer's & Dementia

Research found a link between certain medications and Alzheimer’s and dementia, and Dr Oz shared what medicines you should avoid. (walmart3 / flickr)

Dr Oz shared the recent news that some of the most common over-the-counter and prescription medications that are being taken everyday, could contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Scientists tracked the health of close to 3,500 men and women while monitoring their use of anticholinergic drugs which includes everything from allergy medications to sleep aids, to antidepressants. It also includes medicines for the heart, bladder, and gut.

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Researchers found that in the patients who took the highest amounts of the medication, their risk of dementia increased by more than 50% and their risk of Alzheimer’s increased by more than 60%! He wanted to know if the drugs you’re taking every day could be putting you at risk for the diseases.

Dr Oz: Pills Linked To Dementia

Some of the medications he was talking about included Benadryl, Sominex, Luminal, Skelaxin, Limbitrol, Tavist, Nytol, Piriton, Doxepin, Ditropan, Soma, and Detrol. A good majority of the audience has taken one of those medications. For one woman who shared that she takes one of the medications for allergies, she shared that she wanted to find an alternative now after hearing the news.

Dr Oz: Why You Should Stop Using Sleeping Pills

Dr Oz welcomed Dr Gavatri Devi who said she thinks there is a real problem with over-medicating ourselves with over-the-counter medications. She said there are clearly now long-term risks because they prevent the brain cells from talking better with each other.

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Over-the-counter sleep aids are commonly used, and they’re just one type of medication that has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr Devi said the take away is that we’re all born experts when it comes to sleep. Unfortunately, we’ve tried to schedule sleep and want to power ourselves off and on using sleep aids. She said it’s a bad habit because our brains need to go to sleep naturally.

You shouldn’t use these pills longer than one week, because by limiting the duration in which you take them, you can lower your overall risk. Will you stop taking any of the listed medications after hearing this news?

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