[ExI] Is your medication causing symptoms of early dementia?

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 12:27:50 UTC 2012

Are you elderly and having memory or concentration problems?
November 7, 2012
They might be caused by common medications used to treat insomnia,
anxiety, itching or allergies, according to Dr. Cara Tannenbaum,

Up to 90 percent of people over the age of 65 take at least one
prescription medication. Eighteen percent of people in this age group
complain of memory problems and are found to have mild cognitive
deficits. Research suggests there may be a link between the two.
Dr. Tannenbaum’s findings support the recommendation issued in the
Revised Beers Criteria published last spring 2012 by the American
Geriatrics Society that all sleeping pills, first-generation
antihistamines, and tricyclic antidepressants should be avoided at all
costs in seniors.

I would have thought that it was fairly obvious that the valium range
of drugs would cause memory and concentration problems. That is what
they are for - to help people concentrate less on their worries.
But antihistamines is a surprise.


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