Anti-psychotic drugs not good for Alzheimer’s

When someone has Alzheimer’s or dementia, doctors prescribe calming drugs to control behaviour. Now, a study proves that non-drug approaches should be the first choice for treating dementia patients’ common symptoms such as irritability, agitation, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, aggression, apathy and delusions, say the researchers in a paper just published by the British Medical Journal. The focus then, should be on training  the caregivers … Continue reading Anti-psychotic drugs not good for Alzheimer’s

Medications cause long term cognitive impairment of aging brain

Date: July 14, 2010 Source: Indiana University School of Medicine Summary: 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, … Continue reading Medications cause long term cognitive impairment of aging brain

Higher dementia risk linked to use of common drugs

Date: January 26, 2015 Source: Group Health Research Institute Summary: A large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time. Many older people take these medications, which include nonprescription diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Many older people take these medications, which include nonprescription diphenhydramine (Benadryl). JAMA Internal Medicinepublished … Continue reading Higher dementia risk linked to use of common drugs