Memory Problems Have Been Linked to Prescription Drugs.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 18, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new international research study that indicates that drugs commonly used to treat allergies, insomnia, and anxiety can negatively impact memory and concentration among older adults.
As noted in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/memory-articles/memory-problems-have-been-linked-to-prescription-drugs), according to research, as many as nine out of 10 adults over the age of 65 take at least one prescription medication. In the same age group, 18% of people complain of memory problems, and are found to have mild cognitive deficits. Research suggests there may be a link between the two.
As the article “Memory Problems Have Been Linked to Prescription Drugs” reports, an international research team based in Montreal worked to identify which medications are most likely to affect amnestic brain function (memory) and non-amnestic function (attention, concentration, performance).
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that researchers assessed the results of 162 experiments on drugs that inherently had the potential to bind to four different receptors in the brain. They concluded that the episodic use of several medications could cause both amnestic and non-amnestic brain problems. Their findings were typical of the problem in which the hidden cause of illness is often overlooked in people who are otherwise in good health.
For example, the article reports that there were 68 studies that looked at benzodiazepines (which is often used to treat anxiety and insomnia), and they revealed a pattern. Benzodiazepine use consistently leads to impairments in memory and concentration. There was a clear dose–response relationship.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article adds that 12 tests on antihistamines (used to fight allergies), and the 15 tests on tricyclic antidepressants showed deficits in attention and information processing. The findings support recent recommendations by the American Geriatrics Society that all sleeping pills, “first generation” antihistamines, and tricyclic antidepressants should be avoided at all costs by older adults.
The article concludes by noting that Doctors Health Press, along with the researchers, firmly believes in the importance of communicating this knowledge to patients. They urge older patients, themselves, to play a vital role in reducing risks associated with these medications. Doctors Health Press warns patients to discuss such risks with their doctors and pharmacists, and explore safer medications—or even natural or alternative treatments—when possible.
(SOURCE: “Is your memory playing tricks on you? Check your medicine cabinet,” University of Montreal, November 6, 2012.)
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