A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and Group Health revealed a link to common over-the-counter medicines and the likelihood of developing dementia according to a publication by JAMA Internal Medicine.
The study followed 3,434 individuals over the age of 65 for seven years. Before the study, none of the participants had dementia or Alzheimer’s and researches recorded which medications the participants took. During the seven year time frame, the participants who took more anticholinergic drugs, such as antihistamines like Benadryl, were more likely to develop dementia than the participants who took less anticholinergic drugs.
Researchers stated they found a link or association between the over-the-counter drugs and dementia and could not determine if the drugs actually caused dementia. Researchers involved in the study recommended reading the contents of over-the-counter medication and contacting a physician with any concerns or questions.
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