DRUGS AND DEMENTIA
Researchers have found a connection between common anticholinergic drugs and dementia. Examples of anticholinergic medications include common anti-histamines like Benadryl which are used to aid in sleep (Tylenol PM) as well as chlorpheniramine, a common sedating OTC medication for allergies. Medications used for overactive bladders like oxybutynin and tricyclic antidepressants like Elavil, which are often used for migraines and chronic pain have been linked to memory problems even at low doses.
There are many annoying side effects of these type of drugs, like dry mouth, constipation and urinary retention but when these medications are used long term-it doesn’t matter how low the dose is-the risk of dementia rose.
It should be noted that the newer non-sedating allergy medications (Allegra) do not affect memory. All tricyclic medications should be used with caution in older patients, especially with heart disease and one bladder medicine, Myrbetriq probably does not affect memory. It should also be noted that it is considered a DUI if you have an accident while under the influence of Benadryl-even if you took it the night before!