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Old 19-05-2016, 09:13 AM   #49
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Common, over the counter drugs are giving people dementia:

Allergy medication and sleeping pills found to shrink the brain and accelerate dementia
Thursday, May 19, 2016 by: Daniel Barker

A class of drugs that includes dozens of common over-the-counter and prescription medications, has been linked to an increased risk of the development of dementia .

Based on the results of two recent studies exploring anticholinergic drugs and their effects on the brain, seniors are now being advised to avoid taking medications such as NyQuil, Claritin and Actifed – to name just a few – "if alternative therapies are available." The first study, published in 2015, found that the use of anticholinergic drugs increased the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by more than 60 percent, but their exact effects remained unclear.

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