The last thing anyone needs is to have memory loss as a side effect from a medication. But this is a very common side effect for a number of drugs.
Mild cognitive impairment is not dementia or Alzheimers, but it can significantly impact a person’s life and lead to a great deal of anxiety. The culprits include any drugs that might block the rest-and-digest pathways of acetylcholine. We all know fight-or-flight, the opposite is rest-and-digest, the deep relaxing feeling so many of us have so little these days.
Aging Brain Care will give you a free list of the biggest offenders in exchange for your email. I got the list, and we’ve got a number of top sellers that wouldn’t necessarily show up on your radar screen for side effects. Benadryl, Paxil, Seroquel or Dimetapp don’t immediately come to mind as possible memory blockers.
As the ABC folks make clear, it is important to look at the overall load of these drugs in a person’s system. One or two may not be an issue, but if mom is taking three or more and can’t find her car keys, it may be time to visit her doctor and get some changes.
- Study: Using anticholinergics for as few as 60 days causes memory problems in older adults (eurekalert.org)
- Large Drug Trial for Alzheimer’s Cancelled due to Ineffectiveness (counselheal.com)
- Drug fails to slow Alzheimer’s in big study (usatoday.com)
- No evidence drugs, vitamins, supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults (esciencenews.com)
- No evidence drugs, vitamins, supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults (sciencedaily.com)
- Brain Exercises Better than Drugs in Preventing Cognitive Decline (healthland.time.com)
- What Dementia Cannot Do (caregiving.com)
- Memory-assessment expert from Longwood at Oakmont to give dementia talk (triblive.com)
- Using anticholinergics for as few as 60 days causes memory problems in older adults (sciencedaily.com)
- Using anticholinergics for as few as 60 days causes memory problems in older adults (medicalxpress.com)