Apr 19, 2016

Hayfever drugs may shrink brain and raise dementia risk, warn scientists

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Ugh — this is not good at all.

The study found lower metabolism and smaller brain sizes amoung the group of study participants taking anticholinergic drugs.

Medication with anticholinergic effects include certain over-the-counter antihistamines and nighttime cold medicines, and prescription drugs for sleep aid and many chronic diseases such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Previous research found a link between between the anticholinergic drugs and cognitive impairment and increased risk of dementia. The problem is, those pills often come with a lengthy list of potential side effects.

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